Autopsy results still being studied in McDuffie slaying

Victim was shot and dragged, Warren County coroner says

THOMSON — Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe said Friday more tests are needed in the death investigation of Jennifer Wells, 36, of Gibson, Ga.


Police say Wells was shot last week by her ex-husband at a rural store in McDuffie County. Her body was then dragged several miles and left in Warren County.

Her former spouse Ricky Wells, 43, and Tina Ann Wells, 40, are being held in the McDuffie County jail and charged with murder in her death.

“Preliminary findings showed traumatic injuries including gunshot injuries,” Lowe said Friday. More tests would be conducted and more details would be available.

Earlier this week, Lowe said it “does appear that she was first shot and then dragged.”

“This is a very complex case, not just cut and dried, and we’re having to work around some issues,” Lowe said earlier this week.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta conducted the autopsy, but the body has been released to a funeral home, Lowe said.

Services for Jennifer Wells are planned at 3 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Funeral Home in Thomson, with burial in Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Local police agencies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have offered few details related to the crime, which has stunned the community.

Court documents indicate the victim had previously sought protection against the man now charged in her death.

Records show that in June 2009, Jennifer Lynn Wells, as she was known then, obtained a temporary protective order against Ricky Charles Wells while her divorce petition was pending.

“I have heard Ricky state that he needed to shoot ex-wife,” she wrote in her petition.

The divorce became final July 10, 2009. That decree ordered Ricky Wells to pay $500 a month in child support.

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