NYPD officials said Wells suffered trauma to her body, specifically bruising on her neck.
The man who was arrested after his wife was found strangled to death at the bottom of a staircase inside their Brooklyn home was previously arrested for strangling her until she was unconscious several months ago, The Post has learned.
In addition, police sources say two of the officers who responded to a welfare check at the home have been suspended without pay and are under investigation.
The body of 22-year-old Tonie Wells was found at the base of a stairwell in her Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment Wednesday.
The woman was 22-year-old Tonie Wells.
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The officers, identified by sources as Wael Jaber and Wing Hong Lau, responded to the three-story Sterling Place brownstone after the victim's sister called 911 to report that Wells was "scared" of her husband because he was "acting amusing", sources said.
Wells' Facebook page shows she married her on-and-off boyfriend in the spring but the nature of their current relationship was unclear.
'Witnesses heard an argument and something falling down the stairs, ' a high-ranking police source told the newspaper, New York Post.
Police sources tell News 12 that Barry Wells is in custody and is being questioned in connection to his wife Tonie Wells' death.
This latest incident is the second time officers responded to a domestic incident at the Wells' house. Police officials are also looking into whether the 911 dispatcher gave the officers complete information about the incident.