$1M bond set for couple accused in dragging death

By: Carter Coyle Email
By: Carter Coyle Email
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Photo of murder victim Jennifer Kitchen Wells

Photo of murder victim Jennifer Kitchen Wells.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

THOMSON, Ga. -- The couple accused of shooting and dragging Jennifer Kitchens Wells to death made their first court appearance Thursday morning.

During the bond hearing, the judge set bond for both Ricky Wells and his girlfriend Tina Wells at $1 million each.

The judge said he had to grant bond for the suspects since they had been in jail for longer than 90 days without being indicted. Saying that the two posed a flight risk and were a danger to the community, the judge decided to set the bond at the $1 million mark.

The District Attorney's Office plans to take the horrific murder before a grand jury in June. They tell News 12 the holdup has been getting the concluded medical examiner's report.

The Glascock County mother was shot multiple times in front of the Happy Valley Convenience Store on Wrens Highway last September. Agents say her ex-husband Ricky pulled the trigger, tricking Jennifer to meet him at the store for a custody exchange of their son.

Toombs District Attorney Dennis Sanders says Ricky Wells then tied Jennifer to the back of his truck and dragged her for more than 6 miles across multiple county lines. It was one of the largest crime scenes the GBI says they have ever worked.

At issue now, for the DA's office, is determining if Jennifer was alive when the dragging began. If so, Sanders says he will seek the death penalty against both Ricky and Tina Wells.

In court, Tina Wells' attorney maintained her innocence.

After their bond was set, both were returned to the McDuffie County jail.

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