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Man pleads guilty in 2011 McDuffie dragging death

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 3:58 PM
Last updated Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 12:18 AM
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THOMSON -- A Dearing man pleaded guilty Friday to the 2011 slaying of his ex-wife who was dragged several miles after her death. He was immediately sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison.

Ricky Charles Wells, 45, will be eligible for parole in 60 years, court officials said.

His trial had been expected in January in McDuffie County Superior Court, but Wells pleaded guilty Friday to the death of Jennifer Kitchens Wells, 36, of Gibson, Ga.

According to authorities, Wells and his girlfriend, Tina Wells, of Boneville, took part in the slaying.

Ricky and Tina Wells were 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.

The death penalty was not being sought and the two defendants were to 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.

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IBeDogGone 12/13/13 - 05:27 pm
Wrong Judge

If he had gone before Judge Padgett he would be on his way home to a nice steak dinner. I am glad for the victim justice has been served.

nocnoc 12/13/13 - 05:45 pm
Drag someone to DEATH and still don't get a DEATH Sentence?

What does a person have to do in GA to get a Hanging?

zippy 12/13/13 - 06:16 pm
they outlawed hanging a long

they outlawed hanging a long time ago, it's the needle now. what a lot of people do not realize (largely because is isn't often made public) but every case has problems. even when it appears to the public that a case is a slam dunk, there are often issues with a potential trail. prosecutors will often take a plea in a serious case in exchange for some leniency, such as not going after the death penalty. that is also what happens in killing dog cases or a child molestation case. just last week there were two acquittals that I bet the da would have loved to have sentenced to probation. at least they would have a conviction instead of opening the door to the possibility of a not guilty verdict.

itsanotherday1 12/13/13 - 07:01 pm
Not seeking the death penalty

Not seeking the death penalty may have been a financial decision considering the counties involved are small in population and budget. I recall several years ago when Lincoln County had a death penalty case that caused them financial hardship.

I just wish that animals like this had a special prison like the Black Dolphin

soapy_725 12/14/13 - 09:38 am
Mickey Mouse investigators and prosecutors. Sick judges.

...and equal justice for all........................

scooter2762 12/14/13 - 10:19 am
She was dragged after her

She was dragged after her death, according to the article. Either way, he deserves the death penalty.

my.voice 12/14/13 - 10:32 am
Note to Ex-spouses: The best

Note to Ex-spouses:
The best revenge truly is just living well. Take your lumps and live your life. The angers not worth the price you pay either doing something like this idiot did or rotting your insides out.

whocarestoday 12/15/13 - 12:32 am
Prayers for all.

This is a horrific crime. Prayers for both sides. Only God knows our hearts.

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