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

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 6:44 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 7:44 AM
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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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nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/04/13 - 07:40 pm
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This was a horrendous crime

that must have inflected tremendous suffering and pain before death.

Law enforcement categorize murderers on a scale of twenty-five levels of evil-from the naive opportunists starting out at Level 1, to the organized, premeditated torture murderers at Level 25.

bright idea
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bright idea 12/04/13 - 10:04 pm
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The truth

The truth is this DA does not believe in the death penalty so he offers up flimsy excuses. The local law enforcement that advised him should be named.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/05/13 - 07:05 am
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Additional Info from my family up in McDuffie.

I am told the article fails to mention her 12 y/o son was forced into the Tow Vehicle and had to listen to and watched the murder from beginning to end.

YES, A majority of the McDuffie Co. Residents want them trialed
as a Death Penalty case.

The only issue the DA privately brought up not to seek the death penalty, was,there was so little left of her after the
dragging
that the McDuffie Coroner could not be sure if
she died before being hooked up and dragged 6+ miles, or died during the 6+ miles of being dragged, or which county she died in while being dragged.

Wondering Out Loud.
Since they grounded her up by dragging her across 3 county lines, which was over various dirt, paved roads including sections of
Wrens Hwy. I wonder if the State of GA. Attorney General
could/should get involved because the crime span Multiple
Jurisdictions?

I would support having the State AG handle the trial and seek the Death Penalty at the State Level. Instead of allowing the DA to go for the easy win to save $$$$ and add a LAME Win to his record.

I still support the Death Penalty in strong evidence cases. I also believe death penalties should be carried
out on the criminal, the same general way the criminal murdered
the person.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/05/13 - 07:59 am
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If any case should ever

If any case should ever receive the death penalty, this would be one. It is the most horrendous crime this area has seen. To kill someone in this way, particularly one that you exchanged wedding vows with is completely beyond comprehension.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/05/13 - 08:03 am
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If the victim had been black, this would be a death penalty case
Unpublished

If the victim had been black, this would be a death penalty case

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/05/13 - 08:04 am
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If the victim had been black, this would be a federal hate crime
Unpublished

If the victim had been black, this would be a federal hate crime

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/05/13 - 08:10 am
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Equal justice under the law. Mickie Mouse court system.
Unpublished

Equal justice under the law. Mickie Mouse court system.

David Parker
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David Parker 12/05/13 - 09:30 am
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No penalty of death sought?!?!?

you're kidding me.

David Parker
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David Parker 12/05/13 - 09:31 am
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really?!?!?!

Because they tore that poor soul's body up too bad?

bright idea
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bright idea 12/05/13 - 09:50 am
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DA is liberal

Does not believe in death penalty. Simple as that.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/05/13 - 12:00 pm
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bright idea

You are correct!! Simple as that.

David Parker
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David Parker 12/05/13 - 12:10 pm
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Why would they be

Why would they be representing in a State that does believe in it? Doesn't make a lick of sense whatsoever.

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