Barry Wells’ history of domestic violence is coming back to haunt him because now he has officially been indicted for the murder of his wife, Tonie Wells. According to Patch.com, Wells has been indicted on murder charges for the strangulation of his wife whose body was found in the hallway of their brownstone in the Crowne Heights area of Brooklyn, New York. On that grim day in December, the two had reportedly been arguing prior to Wells being found dead.
A Deadly Argument:
It has been reported that the couple began arguing around 8:30 a.m. that morning. At some point during the disagreement, the verbal argument escalated into an act of physical violence. When the argument escalated, Wells allegedly locked their crying 21-month-old daughter out of the apartment. The victim’s sister is said to have called the police to report Barry Wells. Officers were dispatched to the home to do a well check but never got out of their vehicles. Reports suggest that the victim’s sister’s concerns weren’t taken seriously until other residents called emergency responders to report that the toddler had been found outside of the apartment. When a neighbor entered the apartment to check on the couple, that’s when Wells’ body was found.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez released a statement about the tragic incident describing it as a “senseless death.” “This defendant allegedly killed the woman he purportedly loved,” Gonzalez said. “It is critical that we do all we can to combat domestic violence which in this instance escalated, led to a senseless death and left this young mother’s family and friends to struggle with such a tragic loss.”
An Eerie Foreboding:
If Tonie Wells’ death isn’t disturbing enough, Wells’ previous history of domestic violence also suggests he’s been on a destructive path for quite some time. According to PIX11, Wells was arrested back in September of 2017. At the time, a witness told police of the abuse she saw Wells’ wife suffer at his hands. The woman said that she “saw him drag his wife down a stairwell and into a closet.” Arrest records also indicated that the woman claimed “he choked her at the time.”
According to prosecutors, Tonie Wells was pronounced dead at her home and the Medical Examiner determined that her cause of death was asphyxiation and compression of the neck. Barry Wells has been charged with aggravated family offense and criminal contempt, and now, murder. He is being held without bond and is scheduled to return to court on March 14,