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Lottery Winner Stabbed To Death

A woman who won $5 million in the Georgia lottery a year ago has been found stabbed to death in her home. Her former boyfriend is charged with killing her.

Doris Murray, 42, was killed about 1:30 p.m. Monday in eastern Laurens County, Sheriff Bill Harrell said.

Derrick Lorenzo Stanley, 51, of East Dublin was being held without bond Wednesday in the county jail, charged with murder, Harrell said.

Stanley led police on a car chase through the cities of East Dublin and Dublin following a 911 call to Murray's residence Monday. Harrell said members of Murray's family called 911 saying they had seen Stanley leaving her modest block home with blood on his face. Much of the inside of the house was destroyed in a weekend fire.

Stanley wrecked his car and was carried to Fairview Park Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Despite her lottery winnings in April 2007, Murray "lived by meager standards," the sheriff said. He said he believes the fire in her home was accidental. She indicated that she planned to raze the house and build again.

Murray, a mother of four, posed for pictures holding a giant check for $5 million after winning the prize on her 41st birthday. She chose to take it in $172,000 payments, after taxes, every year for 20 years. Murray told lottery officials she planned to use the money to start a trust fund for her grandchildren, according to a Lottery news release issued at the time of her winning.

Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said Wednesday that the money will continued to be paid to whomever is in Murray's will.

Sheriff's investigator Sgt. Stan Wright said he believed Murray and Stanley may have argued over a break-up.

"Her family said they had been boyfriend and girlfriend for some time," Wright said. "Then she told him she wanted to break it off and she wanted to be friends and that was it. From what they told me, he didn't want to accept that."

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