A Shalimar, Florida woman is accused of murdering her 72-year-old husband and hiding his body in a closet before walling it over. Barbara Wozniak, 65, was charged on Friday with the murder of Alfred Wozniak.
According to Fox News, Alfred was shot in his right temple.
“Investigators obtained a search warrant and found a fabricated brick wall inside a closet under a stairway,” the Okaloosa sheriff’s office said in police press release. “After removing the bricks and drywall, a large dark plastic type of tarp was observed, shaped in the consistency of an adult body. The material had been thoroughly duct-taped.”
As soon as police arrived on the scene, deputies could smell an odor “consistent with an odor of decay.”
Barbara is accused of duct-taping her husband’s wrists, ankles and midsection before covering his body with the tarp. The night that her husband died, Wozniak’s debit card was used to purchase about $130 in supplies including a large tarp, plastic sheet, 20 pounds of repair mortar, Clorox, tape according to the press release.
Her two adult children called 911 on Wednesday after she told them she killed their dad in self-defense, Fox 10 Mobile reports. According to the press release, she claimed Alfred tried to choke her. But investigators believe the trajectory of the bullet contradicts that claim.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Bill Bishop said his office is looking into the self-defense claim.
“We are going to continue the investigation and the question has become self-defense,” Bishop told NFW Daily News. “We are going to be awaiting the forensic evidence, and that may take some time to develop.”
Police have charged Barbara with second-degree murder and to tampering with evidence.
Christine Gibson lived two doors down from the couple. She said that Barbara always seemed “super nice” and that she often saw her gardening in her yard.
[Photo: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxgen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.