In the room where Barbara Winn died, there were signs of a struggle - an overturned plant, a broken curling iron and a torn-up photograph of her favorite movie star.
Police found a note in Winn's dresser she had written to her boyfriend, Aaron Foster Sr.: "I will not be abused. I am tired of bruises. I am somebody and I don't have to be treated like a nobody."
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Twenty-six years after Winn was shot in her Maplewood home, a Ramsey County grand jury indicted Foster, a St. Paul police civilian employee, on Thursday in her murder. Foster was released from jail Friday, a day after being arrested.
The indictment against Foster, 55, for third-degree, unintentional murder doesn't offer details of the alleged crime, but it does provide some insight into the events of May 8, 1981. It says Winn died while Foster was "committing or attempting to commit a felony."
That felony was second-degree assault, Assistant Anoka County Attorney Andrew Johnson said Friday.
Foster told police in 1981 he didn't assault Winn, 35, before she died, but evidence documented in police reports suggests otherwise.
Winn had broken fingernails, a clump of hair in her hand, and bruises on her body.
Foster, through his attorney, has said he's not guilty. He told police Winn killed herself.
THE HOURS BEFORE
Maplewood police reports from 1981 and newer reports from the Ramsey County sheriff's office investigation paint a picture of what might have happened in the hours before Winn