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Stillwater woman arrested after husband's body found decaying in mobile home

Jennifer Lynn Denton, 36, was arrested Nov. 28 on complaints of neglect by caretaker, financial exploitation of a disabled person by caretaker and animal cruelty. (Payne County Jail)

A Stillwater woman is behind bars after her husband's body was found decaying in a mobile home in rural Stillwater.

36-year-old Jennifer Lynn Denton was arrested Nov. 28 in Sayre after the body of her disabled husband, 49-year-old Wade Denton, was discovered with "several months decay" inside a home in the 4100 block of E. 19th Avenue. Two dogs were also found dead in the home.

Suffering from total blindness and without a cell phone to call for help, Denton died in the home with two dogs that partially consumed his body.

Neighbors like Tracy Hickerson said he had an idea something wasn't right.

"She was kind of in and out," Hickerson said. "Just not ever home. We knew Wade. He'd been over to have supper. A real nice guy."

Wade Denton's body was finally discovered Nov. 19 after months of neglect.

"To hear what happened to him and how it happened, just being neglected, he was blind, he couldn't really get around," Hickerson said.

Tammy Fleming works for the owner of the house and was part of the group that got into the house and found the body.

"It didn't look like a body at first," Fleming said. "It looked like a dead dog or something. I saw a sock and that was all it wrote."

The affidavit said Jennifer Denton also used her husband's social security payments during this time. These were used to pay for her boyfriend's cell phone bills as far back as February.

All of this makes it difficult for people who knew the family like Hickerson.

"It was real quiet back there so everybody thought he was gone," Hickerson said. "You never realized he was still there."

Denton faces complaints of neglect by caretaker, financial exploitation of a disabled person by caretaker and animal cruelty.

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