Manhunt over; Boyette dead of self-inflicted gunshot

Published 6:51 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A man believed responsible for the deaths of three women and critical injury to a fourth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday.

William Boyette, who was wanted in both Florida and Alabama, and about whom local residents had been warned, died in a West Point, Ga., motel room.

Mary Rice, who had been traveling with him, came out of the Georgia motel room registered in her name shortly after a SWAT team arrived.

Authorities said they located the couple after someone who had read about them on social media spotted the car they were believed to be driving.

The manhunt had officials searching in three states. Even as Georgia law enforcement officials were establishing a perimeter around the West Point Motel, in Florida, deputies acting on another tip were searching a wooded area where the two were thought to be hiding.

Boyette and Rice were wanted for killing Alicia Greer and Jacqueline Moore in Milton on Jan. 31, and Peggy Broz in Lillian, Alabama Feb. 3. The pair allegedly shot Kayla Crocker in her Beulah home Monday morning.