Family claims self-defense in Lehigh homicide

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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – Family members are speaking out about what happened behind closed doors at a home on Gunby Avenue.

They say what happened inside the home was in “self-defense” and Anita Borcher is not in custody.

The home was swarmed with deputies and crime scene vans for half of Wednesday.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a man died in what they thought to be suicide. Sources tell WINK News, the scene involves a homicide.

Animal Services showed up and took three dogs from the home.

Homeowner Ronald Rimes rents out the property and says deputies never called him.

“It’s strange, it’s strange because something happens to your property,” said Rimes. “I would like to get down there and talk to detectives.”

Rimes says he last heard from his renter, Anita Borcher, in August.

“A nice lady, you know, what can I say?” says Rimes. “She wasn’t bad, she did what she was suppose to do and kept the place up.”

WINK News found Anita had another last name–Reynoso. Anita Reynoso had been a victim of domestic violence and has been arrested before in Lee County on a domestic violence charge.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirms they have been to this home 12 times over the last year; four of those calls were disturbances and one was a harassment call.

“You never know what is going on in someone else’s life,” said Rimes. “You mind your own business.”

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.

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