Murder trial of McDuffie County man charged in ex-wife's death set for January

The trial of a Dearing man accused in the 2011 slaying of his ex-wife who was dragged several miles after her death is scheduled for mid-January.

According to McDuffie County Superior Court officials, Ricky Charles Wells’ trial is scheduled for Jan. 14-17 in McDuffie County. Wells and his girlfriend, Tina Wells, of Boneville, are charged in the Sept. 29, 2011, death of Jennifer Kitchens Wells, 36, of Gibson, Ga.

The death penalty is not being sought and the two defendants will be tried separately. In July, Chief Superior Court Judge Roger Dunaway made the decision to conduct Ricky Wells’ trial in McDuffie County after a change of venue hearing.

Both the Toombs Circuit Public Defenders Office and Tina Wells’ attorney, Lucy Bell, requested the trial be held elsewhere because of concerns that news coverage of the slaying would make it difficult to find an unbiased jury. Dunaway decided to keep the trial in Thomson, after procedural discussions and testimony from news media representatives subpoenaed by defense attorneys.

The judge agreed to delay a change of venue hearing for Tina Wells until after her boyfriend’s trial.

Ricky and Tina Wells are charged individually and as co-conspirators with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of armed robbery, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and three counts of aggravating circumstances.

The indictment states that Jennifer Wells’ death was outrageously and wantonly vile, horrible and inhuman in that it involved depravity of mind because the victim was shot several times and dragged behind a motor vehicle for several miles.

 

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