Barbara Wosniak
Barbara Wosniak is pictured in this mugshot. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

A 65-year-old Florida woman has been charged with second degree murder after police discovered her husband's body hidden in a wall she built inside a closet.

Barbara Wozniak, the lone suspect in custody, was initially charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the death of her husband, Alfred Wozniak. Barbara's daughter told investigators her mother shot Alfred in self defence after he attempted to choke her, an arrest report revealed.

The daughter said Alfred's body was inside a closet in the home, according to WKRG.

Okaloosa County Deputies arrived at the home and said they could smell an odor consistent with decay. After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found a fabricated brick wall inside a closet under the stairway.

Behind the wall, deputies discovered the body of 72-yea-old Alfred wrapped in a large tarpaulin, his wrists and feet bound with duct tape. The body was sent to the Medical Examiners' Office for an autopsy to identify the victim and determine a possible cause of death.

A medical examiner said that a "projectile," a bullet, had travelled through Alfred's skill.

According to WKRG, deputies also found evidence of a shooting possibly occurring in the townhome.

Investigators found Barbara had purchased $130 worth of supplies on 10 November from a Fort Walton Beach business. Barbara purchased a large tarp, plastic sheet, 20 pounds of repair mortar, Clorox and tape, the Palm Beach Post reported. The investigation is ongoing.