Coroner: Wife was beaten, stabbed to death

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

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.

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

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.

News 18’s sister station WISH-TV 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.

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

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.” 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, off topic, 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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