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More tests sought in slaying

THOMSON — Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe said Friday that more tests are needed in the investigation into the death of Jennifer Wells, 36, of Gibson, Ga.

Police say Wells was shot by her ex-husband at the Happy Valley Store south of Thomson on Wrens Highway in McDuffie County.

Her body was then dragged several miles and left in Warren County.

Ricky Wells, 43, and Tina Ann Wells, 40, are being held in the McDuffie County jail on murder charges. They are not related to each other.

"Preliminary findings showed traumatic injuries, including gunshot injuries," Lowe said Friday.

More tests will be conducted and more details made available, he said.

Earlier in the week, Lowe said it "does appear that she was first shot and then dragged."

"This is a very complex case, not just cut and dried, and we're having to work around some issues," Lowe said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta conducted the autopsy, and the body was released to Curtis Funeral Home in Thomson, where a funeral was held Saturday. Burial was in Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Police agencies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have offered few details related to the crime.

Records show that in June 2009, Jennifer Lynn Wells, as she was known then, obtained a temporary protective order against Ricky Wells while her divorce petition was pending.

"I have heard Ricky state that he needed to shoot ex-wife," she wrote in her petition.

The divorce became final July 10, 2009. That decree ordered him to pay $500 a month in child support.

Web posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011

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