A charge of second degree murder has been added to the tampering with evidence charge filed against a Shalimar woman who shot her husband, then hid his duct-taped body behind a brick wall she built in a downstairs closet.
65-year old Barbara Wozniak 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. (See previous news release).
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to her home at 86 10th Avenue around 11:30 p.m. November 15th 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 10th. 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 10th, 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.