Bartow woman charged with killing ex-husband

Sherri Gammons (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

BARTOW (WFLA) — More than a week after a Bartow man was found shot to death outside his residence, his ex-wife has been charged with his murder. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 44-year-old Sherri Gammons for first-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband, 56-year-old Aundra Gammons.

Detectives say Aundra Gammons was found by co-workers dead outside the home the pair shared, at 4880 Hollingsworth Road in Bartow, the morning of Wednesday, August 26. Through the course of an investigation, detectives learned he was at the home with Sherri Gammons the night before. They were witnessed running errands together around 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, which was the last time Aundra Gammons was seen alive.

The Gammons’ adult daughter told detectives the pair was alone at the home that night. Sherri allegedly told her daughter that she was playing video games when Aundra left the residence and never returned. Sherri could not provide a reason why she did not report him missing to family members or law enforcement.

According to interviews with her acquaintances, Sherri complained that Aundra physically abused her and she made statements such as, “I’ll kill him before he kills me” and “I’m not going to take this anymore.” Detectives also spoke with Sherri’s nephew who said he witnessed a verbal fight between Sherri and Aundra in July, during which she said, “I should just kill you for the insurance money.” In August, Sherri told John that she was concerned about constantly having to hide her “dope” from Aundra and said, “I should just kill him and get it over with.”

On August 31, detectives say Sherri wanted to hire an attorney to represent her in a civil matter against her daughter, who was listed on Aundra’s life insurance policy. Sherri’s daughter confirmed that after her father was killed, her mother asked her to “split the money” with her.

The Sheriff’s Office says Sherri Gammons has 12 prior arrests in Polk County, including a drug-related arrest the day the investigation began.

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