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5/25/04 - Anderson County

Frankston Woman Accused Of Killing Husband

A 55-year-old Frankston woman remained in the Anderson County Jail Tuesday, accused of killing her 83-year-old husband.

The murder took place around 4:30 in the morning, May 18 at the couples home in Frankston.

It's only the second murder investigation in the small town in some 18 years. Anderson County Sheriff's deputies were called to the home at 309 Garrison St. for what they believed to be a domestic disturbance.

When they arrived they found the victim, 83-year-old Fred Hayes Jr., bloodied and beaten severely. A preliminary autopsy later showed Hayes had died from blunt force trauma to the head. Authorities believe Hayes's wife, 55-year-old Wanda Blackwelder, is responsible.

Friends said the couple had just married eight months earlier. They said because of the age difference and the fact that Hayes was handicapped, they never felt good about the marriage.

"Iit was kind of shock but yet we kind of felt that something was gonna happen," said neighbor Sonny Perry. "A couple of days might go by and we wouldn't see Fred and we would see the lady outside and we would think I wonder has she done it yet."

Friends said Hayes' disorder called for professional care, but he had refused that care. The Texas Rangers are assisting Frankston Police and the Anderson County Sheriff's Department in the investigation.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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