FAIRFIELD (AP) – While working as an intern in a prosecutor’s office during the late 1990s, Leslie Ann Bullock assembled statistics on domestic violence cases.

Last week, Bullock became a domestic violence statistic herself.

The 46-year-old mother of three was shot to death Friday outside her home in Fairfield.

Her ex-husband, Gregory Warmke, 44, of Fairfield, entered no plea Monday at his initial appearance in Skowhegan District Court on a murder charge. The case was continued to Wednesday for a bail hearing.

Warmke, a landscape contractor, was arrested at a Palmyra cemetery soon after the shooting.

According to a police affidavit, Warmke telephoned his girlfriend at about 11 a.m. that day to tell her that he had just killed his ex-wife and wanted to kill himself.

Warmke also admitted to Sgt. William Harwood, a state police negotiator, that he killed Bullock.

“He also stated to Harwood, ‘Talk about premeditated … I have been thinking about killing her for a long time,”‘ the affidavit said.

Bullock, a child protection caseworker for the state Department of Human Services, worked on domestic violence cases while serving as an intern with the district attorney’s office and working toward her psychology degree at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Her job was to assemble statistics to help bring violators to justice, said Assistant Attorney General Laura Nomani, who was an assistant district attorney at the time.

Nomani said Bullock would accompany her to meetings of the Southern Kennebec Domestic Abuse Commission.

“She was just wonderful; kind, capable, efficient, smart, bright,” Nomani said.

Bullock and Warmke had been married for two years and divorced for about a year at the time she was killed.

“This homicide continues to break the myth that domestic violence only happens to certain women,” said Denise Belmont of the Family Violence Project in Skowhegan.

“Here you have a woman who dedicated her life to trying to keep kids safe, yet in the end she could not keep herself safe,” Belmont said.

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