News

Trial near for woman accused of dismembering husband

If you witness a crime, here’s what to do

Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.
Up Next
Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

It’s likely that a woman accused of killing her husband and dismembering his body in 2005 will go to trial in early 2010.

Crystal Mae Wagner, 29, appeared in Bibb County Superior Court on Wednesday with her attorneys for a hearing to discuss the trial date and motions in the case.

Wagner could be sentenced to death if she’s convicted of killing Bobby Gene Wagner on Feb. 9, 2005.

The trial will be scheduled for either January or March, Chief Judge Martha Christian said during Wednesday’s hearing.

She asked prosecutors to check with witnesses to gauge their availability and determine which date would be best.

Bibb County District Attorney Howard Simms said the case will be heard in Bibb County. No change of location has been ordered.

Wagner sat at the defense table dressed in a black and white jail jumpsuit.

“She’s ready to get some resolution,” Franklin J. Hogue, one of her attorneys, said after the hearing.

Wagner is being held at the Bibb County jail without bond, according to jail records.

Shay Alan Morey, 29, was sentenced to serve life in prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to killing Bobby Wagner and chopping him up in a motel bathtub.

Under a plea deal, Morey is not eligible for parole.

Morey has said Crystal Wagner was involved in “virtually every stage of the crime.”

Authorities have said Wagner was stabbed in the heart in a Bibb County motel room where he lived with Crystal Wagner, their then-2-year-old son and Morey. At some point, his body was cut into 10 pieces, bagged, dumped and partially burned in a wooded area off Ga. 18.

The last woman sentenced to death in Bibb County was Becky Machetti, who was convicted in the death of her ex-husband and his wife in the 1970s. She was convicted along with her husband, Tony Machetti, also known as John Eldon Smith.

Becky Machetti’s sentence was reduced to life, and Tony Machetti was executed in 1983.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

  Comments