UPDATE: Investigators Say 36-Year-Old Woman Was Shot And Dragged - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

UPDATE: Investigators Say 36-Year-Old Woman Was Shot And Dragged Behind Vehicle

By Jillian Benfield


***UPDATED at 6:24 P.M. on October 3rd***

We have new information in the brutal dragging death of Jennifer Kitchens Wells in McDuffie county. WJBF News Channels 6 has learned that the victim filed a restraining order against her husband, Ricky Wells, who is also one of the suspects back in 2009. However, according to court documents Jennifer dropped the order a month later because she said her ex-husband promised not to contact her.

But, 2 years later, her ex-husband is in jail accused of murdering her. Just a few days after Jennifer was shot and dragged behind a truck, the small community of Gibson is still in shock.

It's a city where everyone knows your name, where you can talk fishing in downtown and where people like Billy Hadden drive golf carts instead of cars, because everything you need is just a short distance away. In his 74 years of living in Gibson, Billy says he can't remember a time when something this bad has happened. "Never in my life," said Hadden.

Authorities arrested Ricky Wells and his girlfriend Tina Wells for murder of Jennifer Kitchens Wells last week. The GBI said the 2 are responsible for shooting her and dragging her body for 7 miles. A trail of blood still stains the streets in Warren County.

"I don't understand what's wrong with somebody who would do something like that," said Hadden. Hadden says it's all anyone can talk about in Gibson, where Jennifer lived. Next to her trailer, her neighbor Sharon Dougherty can't believe she's gone, "Im very upset about it. I'm mad about it because I just can't picture another human being doing this to another human being."

Doughtery also feels for the younger victims in this case, "It's a horrifying especially with the situation, I feel for the children."

Jennifer's Daughter has an out-pouring of support on her facebook page from people in the community. She thanked everyone for their prayers and said she hopes to be back at school soon. As she hopes to move on, so do the people of Gibson.

The GBI said they are still waiting on autopsy results to come back. They are also still conducting interviews for the investigation.


***UPDATED on September 30th at 6:00 P.M.***

It hasn’t' even been a full 24 hours since 36-year-old Jennifer Wells was pronounced dead. Officials aren't giving us that much information, but what we do know is that the victim’s body appeared to be dragged for quite some time.

A trail of blood leading into Warren County has people in this small town talking.

News Channel 6 was the first to tell you about the murder of the 36-year-old Thursday night in McDuffie County...

Investigators say shots were fired around 10:30 last night at the Happy Valley convenience store in southern Mcduffie County.

After that, officers went looking for two vehicles that took off from the store.

Several agencies including the McDuffie County sheriff's office, the Warren County sheriff's office, and the GBI worked together to find those vehicles. That lead to the arrests of Ricky Charles Wells and Tina Ann Wells in Warren County.

That's where investigators found the body of Jennifer Wells.

But investigators say Jennifer Wells wasn't only shot …

Mike Ayers (G.B.I. Agent): "The victims body was dragged..."

For about seven miles, from McDuffie County into Warren County.

Jennifer Wells' body has been taken to Atlanta for an autopsy scheduled for Saturday.

Charles Wells and Tina Wells are currently charged with murder and investigators aren't giving us any information on the relationship between the three parties involved.

Mike Ayers (G.B.I. Agent): "The investigation is ongoing, we're still conducting interviews, we're following up leads that we need to follow up on and were procssing evidence as we speak."

And we will continue to follow up with this story.


Friday 2pm UPDATE:

NBC 26 News is learning new information about a Thursday night murder in McDuffie County. At a media conference Friday afternoon, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they found evidence at the scene that indicates the victim, 36-year-old Jennifer Wells of Gibson, was dragged behind a car.

Investigators say Ricky Wells and Tina Wells are both in jail charged with murder.  They would not say how the victim and the suspects are related, if at all.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall says he believes this all started after an incident at the Happy Valley Store in South McDuffie County around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The sheriff says Jennifer Well's body was later discovered in Warren County near the intersection of Highway 80 and the Georgia Highway 17 connector. 

Investigators marked off a crime scene that stretched around seven miles from McDuffie County into Warren County. Both Sheriff Marshall and Agent Pat Morgan with the G.B.I. says several agencies working together led to the quick arrest. 

Jonathan Davis is covering the story for NBC 26 News at 6pm & 7pm.

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