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Glascock woman feared man charged in her death

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THOMSON -- The Glascock County, Ga., woman who was shot and then dragged more than a mile Thursday night had previously sought protection against the man being held in her death, according to court documents.

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Ricky Wells
Ricky Wells

Court 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. The couple had a son, who is now 5, according to records, and Jennifer Wells had a daughter, who is now 11.

In her petition, Jennifer Wells wrote that Ricky Wells had left harassing messages on her cellphone. She wrote that he followed her to her home and elsewhere, and stopped in front of her home and raced his motor, frightening the children.

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

Ricky Wells, 43, of Hobbs Mill Road, near Dearing, and Tina Ann Wells, 40, of Davis Circle in Boneville, remain in the McDuffie County jail charged in Jennifer Wells' slaying.

Ricky Wells and Tina Wells are not related.

Local police agencies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have offered few details related to the crime, which has stunned the community. Jennifer Wells' body was recovered about five miles west of the Happy Valley Store south of Thomson, where the shooting occurred.

In her 2009 petition, Jennifer Wells claimed that Ricky Wells had three misdemeanor violence charges in the five years leading up to her request for protection.

"I fear he will try to take (the son) and leave town," she wrote. She also wrote that he had said he would quit paying child support.

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

Curtis Funeral Home in Thomson will handle services for Jennifer Wells. A funeral home spokesman said Monday that arrangements cannot be made until at least Wednesday. The GBI conducted an autopsy Saturday but has not disclosed its findings.

Also Monday, Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe said that although it "does appear that she was first shot and then dragged," he could not confirm whether she had died before being dragged.

"This is a very complex case, not just cut and dried, and we're having to work around some issues," Lowe said.

Staff Writer Kelsey Stein contributed to this article.

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happychimer
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happychimer 10/03/11 - 08:52 pm
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This man and his girlfriend

This man and his girlfriend deserve the death penalty.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 10/03/11 - 09:36 pm
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They are too scared to go for

They are too scared to go for the death penalty in McDuffie County. If they will not try for the death penalty against a perp who murdered someone by standing over them with a gun and shooting them at point blank range, then this man will certainly not see the death penalty.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/03/11 - 09:46 pm
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RIP Jennifer. If McDuffie

RIP Jennifer. If McDuffie County is "too scared to go for the death penalty" then it is due to the costs and not that the crime does not fit.

Vito45
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Vito45 10/03/11 - 09:48 pm
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rmwardsr, it probably isn't

rmwardsr, it probably isn't fear. The economics of death penalty trials these days are breaking the banks of small communities. That is a shame, but true.

Vito45
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Vito45 10/03/11 - 09:51 pm
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On another note, the article

On another note, the article says there was a restraining order. Are they worth the paper they are printed on? It just seems to me I see/hear of a whole lot of domestic violence occurring even after a restraining order is in place.

cytoranger
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cytoranger 10/03/11 - 10:26 pm
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This story gets sadder and

This story gets sadder and sicker with every bit of new info. So sad.for this lady and her family .May God comfort you in this time of sorrow

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/03/11 - 10:41 pm
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I agree Vito. I'd like to

I agree Vito.
I'd like to know how a piece of paper is going to stop someone like these animals and I do mean animals from commiting such a heinous crime.
If he is convicted he should never, ever be let near any other human beings.

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 10/04/11 - 07:08 am
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Hang them from the highest
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Hang them from the highest tree and put them on public display.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 10/04/11 - 07:31 am
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They are animals and in this

They are animals and in this case the death penalty is warranted. It takes truly sick evil people to do what they did to this woman, no one deserves that....no one. My heart truly breaks for this womans children and the rest of her family. Restraining orders are not worth the paper they are printed on and woman die everyday in this country from evil devils just like her ex husband. He will get what is coming to him one way or another.

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 10/04/11 - 07:56 am
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Fry them now...

Fry them now...

LemonJello
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LemonJello 10/04/11 - 09:26 am
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Poor kids. They never asked

Poor kids. They never asked for any of this. The rest of their lives will be scarred.

allhans
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allhans 10/04/11 - 10:17 am
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It seems that a restraining

It seems that a restraining order only inflames the guilty party.
I can't even conceive of a method of punishment suitable for these two less than human people.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 10/04/11 - 11:07 am
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As an advocate for animals -

As an advocate for animals - don't call these criminals that name - animals - an insult to the animal world! Monsters, perverts, killers, yes.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/04/11 - 01:33 pm
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Ladies, please do what you

Ladies, please do what you can to protect yourselves. If not a gun, get some form of personal protection, learn how to use it, and practice. Stun gun, tasers, pepper spray, even a small knife. This world is not a safe place anymore. Prepare accordingly.

checkitout
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checkitout 10/04/11 - 01:48 pm
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This is so bad. How could

This is so bad. How could McDuffie County not go for the death penatly? If it is the cost then let them go, McDuffie County and Glasscock Rednecks love to hunt wild animals, that will save a lot of cost if that is what the DA's Office is worried about. Jennifer was a really good person and should not have died the way she it. It is a shame that the deputy that found them didn't shoot them. Jennifer justice will come.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 10/04/11 - 02:53 pm
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Guns and 5-year-olds do not

Guns and 5-year-olds do not necessarily mix. If I had two small kids in the house, I'm not sure I would keep one, even with a safety lock...a personal preference, I admit.

When it comes to the restraining order, obviously it didn't help her while she was alive which is so very sad, but at least in court he can't claim he "snapped" this one time. It was a documented problem that he was threatening her.

blues550
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blues550 10/04/11 - 03:44 pm
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Death penalty is good for
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Death penalty is good for this lot, but I guess sharing a cell for life would be cruel and unusual punishment from the looks of these two. Talk about sick and twisted.

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Jane18 10/05/11 - 09:26 am
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Maybe, just maybe, I will

Maybe, just maybe, I will finally be called for jury duty(on this case).................................I'm sorry folks, even a blind man can see this for what it is! Right now, the word is this guy has been planning "something" for a lonnnnnnnnng time.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 10/08/11 - 04:20 pm
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Put him in a cell with some

Put him in a cell with some real mean prisoners that despise people like him - maybe they'll take care of him. But, don't punish the ones that put him away - they did the State and the taxpayers a big favor.
Same should be done for that accomplice of his - sad excuse for a human being in both cases.

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