SHALIMAR, Fla., Nov. 18, 2017—A Shalimar woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband.
Barbara Wozniak, 62, 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.
Wozniak claimed self-defense.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Wozniak home 11:30 p.m. Nov. 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 Nov. 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 found, shaped in the consistency of an adult body. The material had been thoroughly duct taped, according to the OCSO.
The body 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 said the projectile found near his right temple had traveled from left to right, back to front.
OCSO investigators said the trajectory through the victim’s skull was not consistent with the defendant’s statement to her children.
The investigation also revealed Wozniak’s debit card was used to purchase nearly $130 in supplies from a Fort Walton Beach business Nov. 10, including a large tarp, plastic sheet, 20 pounds of repair mortar, Clorox, tape and other supplies.
Surveillance video showed a white female matching Wozniak’s description at the check-out counter.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release