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Woman Kills Husband, Hides Body In Basement Closet

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A Florida woman has been arrested after police found her husband's body, bound in tarp and duct tape, behind a brick wall in a basement closet. 

Barbara Wozniak, 65, was arrested after one of her adult children called police regarding their father's death, according to a press release issued by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. 

Barbara reportedly told her children that she had shot and killed her husband Alfred, 72, in self-defense as he tried to choke her on Nov. 10. 

She told her children that after killing Alfred, she placed his body in a closet. 

Police searched the Wozniak house five days later and found Alfred's body behind a brick wall in a basement closet. His body had been wrapped in tarp sealed up with duct tape.

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Barbara has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. 

According to the medical examiner's office, Alfred was shot in the head from behind. 

"OCSO Investigators say that trajectory through the victim's skull is not consistent with the defendant's statement to her children," the release states.

While investigating Alfred's death, police learned Barbara's debit card had been used to buy a large tarp, a plastic sheet, 20 pounds of mortar, Clorox and tape on Nov. 10, the same day Barbara told her children she killed Alfred. Security cameras at various stores showed a woman matching Barbara's description buying the supplies. 

Under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws, domestic abuse victims have the legal right to shoot and kill their attackers if they believed lives were in immediate danger.

In 2016, Florida woman Michelle Dinkins-Penland shot and killed her husband after he began beating her son and claimed he was going to kill the boy. All charges against Dinkins-Penland were later dropped by the state attorney's office. 

"Whether applying stand your ground or justifiable use of deadly force law, under the facts of this case, Dinkins-Penland was legally allowed to use deadly force based on a reasonable fear that her life, her mother's life and certainly her son's life were in danger," the assistant state attorney wrote at the time, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. 

Dinkins-Penland's husband had always been abusive towards the boy and had threatened to kill him in the past, the Star-Banner reports. Before the fatal incident, Dinkins-Penland's husband punched the boy hard enough to crack two ribs. That incident was never reported. 

Sources: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Ocala Star-Banner / Featured Image: dgrosso23/Flickr / Embedded Images: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Public Domain Pictures

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