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OCSO: Woman charged with husband's murder duct-taped his body, hid it inside home

Barbara Wozniak, 65, was served the murder warrant late Friday night at the Okaloosa County jail, where she was already being held on a charge of tampering with evidence. (OCSO){ }

A Shalimar woman has been charged with second degree murder after she shot her husband, then hid his duct-taped body behind a brick wall she built in a downstairs closet.

Barbara Wozniak, 65, was served the murder warrant late Friday night at the Okaloosa County jail, where she was already being held on a charge of tampering with evidence.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to her home at 11:30 p.m. on November 15 after receiving a call about a possible homicide.

Wozniak’s adult children say she told them she had shot her husband, 72-year old Alfred Wozniak, in self-defense after he tried to choke her November 10. She said she then placed his body in a closet in the 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 Friday determined Alfred Wozniak 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.

The Medical Examiner says the projectile found near his right temple had traveled from left to right, back to front. OCSO Investigators say that trajectory through the victim’s skull is not consistent with the defendant’s statement to her children.

The investigation also revealed that on November 10, Wozniak’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 Wozniak’s description at the check-out counter.

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