Killing of Nurse Prompts Program on Domestic Abuse By Chris Rowett Delores Winborne graduated from the School of Nursing on May 26. Less than three months later, she was dead. Winborne, 36, was found stabbed to death in her Owings Mills apartment by police responding to a 911 call on Aug. 17. State prosecutor Dean Stocksdale said Winborne's husband of eight years, Steven Lewis Winborne, 38, confessed and was charged with first-degree murder. He will stand trial in January. Delores Winborne had a master's degree in public administration from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and had just achieved her goal of becoming a nurse. As a student, she excelled. Community nursing instructor Kathy Becker remembers the victim as an articulate and intelligent student. The two worked together at Health Care for the Homeless, a primarily male shelter in downtown Baltimore. "She was exceptional in her ability and ease in working with the clients there," Becker said. "She was able to maintain a very professional attitude." Fellow nursing student Barbara Russell said Winborne coped well with the everyday struggles of school and the death in July of her 16-year-old nephew, whom Winborne had taken in after her sister's death. "She was a motivator for a lot of students," Russell said. "When people were down in the dumps, she would give them a good pep talk and bring them back to where they needed to be." Steven Winborne was an unemployed maintenance worker at the time of the killing. Sgt. Steve Doarnberger of the Baltimore County Police Department said Winborne had been formally charged with battery three times in the past five years. "He was very possessive," Russell recalled. "She often had to study elsewhere to get away from the hostility." In Delores Winborne's memory, the School of Nursing will sponsor a lecture titled "Recognizing and Helping with Domestic Violence When It's Close to Home" on Monday, Oct. 24. Professor Jacquelyn Campbell, who wrote Nursing Care of Survivors of Family Violence (co-authored by Janice Humphreys), will speak. "It's one of the most tragic things I've ever experienced," Becker said. "When you work with clients, somehow you protect yourself a bit. But when it's someone you knew, mentored and cared about, it's a different story." Russell recommended that students who are victims of domestic abuse seek immediate counseling, and if that does not help, leave the situation before graduating. "Oftentimes, when you obtain independence, people become threatened," she said. "They've lost control of whatever they thought they had control of." The memorial lecture will be held in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Preclinical Teaching Building at Wolfe and Monument streets. For information, call 955-7544.
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