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Wife who killed 72-year-old husband wrapped his body in duct tape in hid him behind brick wall

By William Martin 1:18 PM November 22, 2017
Barbara Wozniak

A woman shot her elderly husband and then tried to hide his body behind a brick wall in their home, according to police in Florida.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said that a charge of second-degree murder has been added to the tampering with evidence charge filed against the Shalimar woman who shot her husband and then hid his duct-taped body behind the brick wall she built in a closet of their home.

Deputies were called to the home of 65-year old Barbara Wozniak, which is located at 86 10th Avenue, at around 11:30 p.m., on Wednesday night, after receiving a call about a possible homicide.

Wozniak’s adult children said that she told them she shot her husband, 72-year old Alfred Wozniak, in self-defense, and placed him in a closet at their home.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and found a fabricated brick wall inside a closet under a stairway.

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.

It was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy is taking place to identify the remains and determine the cause of death.

Investigators meantime also found evidence that a possible shooting took place inside the home.

Barbara was booked into the Okaloosa County jail.

The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Alfred had been shot in the left temple.

His arms were duct taped at the wrists and placed across his midsection and his feet were taped together at the ankles.

Investigators said that the trajectory of the bullet through the victim’s skull is not consistent with the defendant’s statement to her children that she acted in self-defense.

The investigation also revealed that the husband’s debit card was used to purchase nearly $130 in supplies from a Fort Walton Beach business, including a large tarp, plastic sheet, 20 pounds of repair mortar, Clorox, tape, and other supplies.

Surveillance video shows a white female matching Barbara’s description at the check-out counter.