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McDuffie dragging death suspects could face indictment by summer

Two accused of dragging victim's body

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 2:46 PM
Last updated 9:34 PM
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A Dearing man and his girlfriend could face a Mc­Duf­fie County jury as early as September in the slaying of the man’s ex-wife, who was shot, tied to a pickup and dragged more than five miles along a rural highway.

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Authorities say Jennifer Kitchens Wells, a 36-year-old mother of two, was lured from her residence to the Happy Valley convenience store near Thomson.  MORRIS NEWS SERVICE/FILE
MORRIS NEWS SERVICE/FILE
Authorities say Jennifer Kitchens Wells, a 36-year-old mother of two, was lured from her residence to the Happy Valley convenience store near Thomson.


Ricky Charles Wells, 43, and Tina Ann Wells, 40, of Boneville, were charged in the Sept. 29 death of Jen­nifer Kitchens Wells and remain jailed on bonds set at $1 million apiece. The bond was required because the suspects had been jailed longer than 90 days without indictment.

“The next step would be taking the case to indictment, and hopefully, by the time we are ready to do that, all the reports we need will be back in,” said District Attorney Den­nis Sanders of the six-county Toombs Judicial Cir­cuit.

Authorities say the victim, a 36-year-old mother of two, was lured from her home in Gibson, Ga., to the Happy Val­ley convenience store near Thomson, supposedly to discuss a child custody situation.

The shooting is believed to have occurred in the store parking lot, but the investigation required scrutiny of a grisly, five-mile crime scene that extended from the store and into neighboring Warren County, where the body was recovered.

A key question to be answered is whether the victim was alive when she was tied to the truck and dragged.

The next opportunity for the grand jury to consider indictments in the case will be June, followed by another session in August, Sanders said. The next trial term will be held in Sep­tember.

“As long as the case is indicted in June or August, there is a chance it could get on the September trial term,” he said.

The case could be evaluated as a potential death penalty prosecution, but no decisions have been made.

“Once we get the GBI reports in, and have a chance to read and examine everything, we will sit down with our staff to discuss what happens from there,” Sanders said.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/24/12 - 03:55 pm
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This is sickening....I don't

This is sickening....I don't think I could ever hate someone that much.

scgator
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scgator 02/24/12 - 05:40 pm
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WHY has it taken this long?

WHY has it taken this long?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/24/12 - 05:59 pm
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Same here seenit. As has been

Same here seenit. As has been said before, some people are so mean they just need killing.

Edit: Wonder what legal difference it makes if the victim was alive or dead when dragged? Shouldn't this be death penalty either way?

ttowngirl
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ttowngirl 02/24/12 - 06:11 pm
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Even the death penalty is too

Even the death penalty is too nice for him. She was a very sweet and caring friend.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/24/12 - 06:11 pm
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anotherday....Makes me think

anotherday....Makes me think that the fitting punishment would be dragging behind a truck.....now that is my baddd side thinking ..

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dusty_roze 02/24/12 - 09:01 pm
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I'm feel they are making sure

I'm feel they are making sure all of their T's and I's are dotted and crossed before they go to court. They don't want ANY mistakes made on this one. If she was alive while being dragged it would be a death penalty case.
I don't feel there is no punishment here on earth for those two! But make sure-God will take care of them.

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david jennings 02/25/12 - 05:20 pm
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When it comes to dying and

When it comes to dying and meeting your maker, I'd rather be the person dragged than the one doing the evil act.

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Jane18 02/27/12 - 01:07 pm
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Also, this was a premeditated

Also, this was a premeditated act, it was cruel and inhumane by these two animals. I believe in the death penalty because sometime there are some people too mean and not worthy to breathe air any longer!

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