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McDuffie County Murder Suspect Says He And Another Suspect Passing Notes In Jail

By Brett Buffington

Ricky Wells and his aunt, Tina Wells, are both being held in the McDuffie County Jail on $1 million bond each. They are accused of killing Ricky’s ex-wife, Jennifer Kitchens Wells.

That murder happened in September of 2011. The crime was almost unthinkable. Kitchens Wells was shot and killed, her body was then tied behind an SUV and dragged for 7 miles down several rural McDuffie County roads.

In a letter to WJBF News Channel 6, Ricky Wells claims that guards inside the McDuffie County Jail are passing letters back and forth between he and Tina.

Wells writes in the letter that he knows the notes are wrong, saying “you know 2 people do not [pass] collaborated letters to each other about a murder case.”

Brett Buffington, reporting: "I took a copy of this letter to McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall. He wouldn’t say anything about it on camera, but he did tell me that it’s not department policy for guards to pass notes for inmates. However, if Ricky had stamped a letter and mailed it to Tina, Sheriff Marshall says she still would have gotten it.

Sheriff Marshall says letters have been mailed between inmates in the past, and didn’t say if the notes could, or would, compromise a case going to court. We also asked McDuffie County Public Defender Chip Wallace, the attorney representing Ricky Wells, about the letter. He said he couldn’t comment on a ongoing case, but was certainly surprised to learn his client had mailed the news a letter.

We also tried to get in touch with District Attorney Dennis Sanders for a comment on this story. Our phone calls went unanswered.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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