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Sons of murdered Cherokee Co. man: Wife wanted him dead

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UPDATE: The woman accused of murdering her husband is jailed on a $500,000 bond. 53-year-old Rebecca Barker is charged with first degree murder.

According to an arrest affidavit, Barker told police her husband was verbally abusing her all day and "she couldn't take it anymore."

Rebecca told officers she shot her husband with a .357 magnum.

CBS 19 has also learned Rebecca Barker was indicted on April 15, 1996 for attempted murder against her first husband, and received ten years deferred adjudication.




RUSK (KYTX) - The three sons of a man allegedly murdered by his wife began asking questions about their father's death Thursday.

Jerry and Gary Barker, along with a brother who asked not to be named, identified the man who died in Cherokee County Wednesday afternoon as 76-year-old Jerry Lee Barker.

The sons went on to identify Barker's wife, 53-year-old Rebecca Barker, as the woman accused of killing him.

Sheriff James Campbell said he expected the accused, whom he declined to name, to be arraigned within the hour. Campbell said he would release the identities of those involved at that time.

The sons said Rebecca had been married to their father for approximately nine years.

They painted a picture of a relationship that had become potentially dangerous, saying that Rebecca drank heavily, was verbally abusive and had poisoned their after against them.

Gary said he had remained in touch with his father but had trouble dealing with Rebecca on a regular basis.

The sons further complained that Rebecca had teamed up with a woman named Tammy Reil who works in the Dialville store she owned to take control of their father's life in death. They said Reil had successfully come to hold their father's power of attorney in addition to being second in line--after Rebecca--for the bulk of their father's estate.

The sons produced a copy of the will that laid those decisions out. It appeared to leave just $100.00 for each of them in the event of their father's death.

As a result of those legal documents, the sons said they were being barred from their father's former home and from being involved in his burial. They said they were retaining a lawyer in an attempt to gain an injunction against Reil and her involvement with their father's estate.

 

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