Man preliminarily charged with murder after wife found dead in home

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis man was preliminarily charged with murder Sunday after his wife was found dead in their home.

Police were called to a home in the 5700 block of Laurel Hall Drive around 8:10 a.m. Sunday.

There were six adults and three children inside of the home at the time. The victim’s son, Jordan Yarbro, 19, told police that he heard a strange noises coming from his parents’ bedroom.

Yarbo told police Tony Degrafreed, 50, came out of the bedroom and stabbed him in the chest. Degrafreed then fled the home on foot.  Officers arrested Degrafreed near the intersection of North Arlington Avenue and Devington Road.

Rebecca Degrafreed, 47, was found dead on the bedroom floor with head trauma, according to IMPD. Police said Tony and Rebecca Degrafreed were married.

Rebecca Degrafreed (Provided Photo/Jordan Yarbo)
Rebecca Degrafreed (Provided Photo/Jordan Yarbo)

Police said Yarbo suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Degrafreed was preliminarily charged with murder in connection with his wife’s death. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Officer will review the case and make the final charging decision.

Detectives have not released a motive in this case.

The cause and manner of Degrafreed’s death will be released by the Marion County Coroner’s office following an autopsy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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