Coroner: Wife was beaten, stabbed to death

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The coroner has ruled an Indianapolis woman’s death a homicide. Her husband is preliminary charged with her murder.

According to the Marion County Coroner, Rebecca Degrafreed, 47, died from blunt force traumatic injuries to her head and neck. She also suffered stab wounds to her neck.

Degrafreed was found dead in her bedroom on Sunday morning. Her husband, Tony Degrafreed, 50, was arrested about a mile down the street from their home for her murder.

(Provided Photo/IMPD)
(Tony Degrafreed – Provided Photo/IMPD)

Rebecca’s sons told 24-Hour News 8 that Degrafreed also killed his then-wife more than 20 years ago and court documents confirm he was convicted of murder.

24-Hour News 8 reported the murder of 26-year-old Stacy Degrafreed in January of 1994. IMPD said Tony, her estranged husband at the time, shot three people during a domestic dispute. Stacy died in that shooting.

According to court documents, Degrafreed was convicted of murder in March of 1995. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison but only served less than half of that time behind bars.

According the Indiana Department of Corrections, Degrafreed sentence dropped to 15 years for good behavior. He earned his GED which credited him six months. He then earned his high school diploma and associates degree, each crediting him with a year served. Once you include his 403 days of jail credit time, Degrafreed was able to be released in 12 and a half years.

“He actually got out of prison not too long ago and he came here,” said Jeffery Yarbro, Rebecca’s son, as he pointed to their home.

“My mother gave him a place to stay, she put clothes on his back. She found a way to get him a job, make sure he could try to provide,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, when he came home he was a cool guy.”

During those years, Degrafreed only had a few run-ins with the law.

In 2012, he was pulled over near 39th and Arlington. Police found marijuana in his car.

Degrafreed pleaded guilty and was only required to do community service, a penalty that pales in comparison to what he could face when he stands trial for murder.

“There was nothing anyone could do,” Yarbro said regarding his mother’s murder. “It was completely off guard as far as we could see. No one was really to blame but for one guy.”

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