Man who killed first wife now charged in murder of second wife

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By Charlie De Mar

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 20, 2014) -- Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the death of a woman on the northeast side.

The woman's husband, 50-year-old Tony Degrafreed, was arrested and preliminarily charged with murder.

Officers responded to a house in the 5700 block of Laurel Hall Drive after police received a 911 call around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Other people in the home were concerned because the suspect, Tony Degrafreed, has had a history of seizures. However, when they opened the door, they found Rebecca "Becky" Degrafreed, 47, dead on the floor.

"That's my uncle, I love him but wrong is wrong. And he was wrong," said Lynn Howard, Degrafreed's niece.

Police said at some point, the suspect came out of the bedroom and stabbed Becky's 19-year-old son, Jordan Yarbro, in the chest. Yarbro sustained minor injuries and is expected to be OK.

The suspect then fled on foot but was quickly apprehended by officers near the intersection of North Arlington Avenue and Devington Road. A pair of bloody scissors could be seen near Degrafreed as he sat on the curb in handcuffs.

"It's a possibility it was one of the weapons used," said IMPD homicide detective Marcus Kennedy.

"I knew it.  I knew this was going to happen. I knew something was going to trigger him because he did this before," said Howard.

Howard is referring to the 1994 murder of Degrafreed's first wife, Stacey.

Degrafreed can be heard screaming, "is she dead?" as he was thrown into a police car back in 1994.

"I didn't want to say it growing up but it's like if he ever got out, what makes you think he wouldn't kill again and now I'm proven right today," said Brianna Carter, Tony Degrafreed's daughter.

Now 24, she was just 4 years old when her mother was murdered.

"To have to go through it again at 24, it's definitely unreal and its not fair," said Carter.

Carter's message for her father, "You took a life, your life needs to be taken in jail. You need to sit there forever. There's no coming back from it."


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