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Georgia Hotel Standoff Ends With Murder Suspect Dead, Another Arrested

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A man suspected in the killings of three women is dead after a standoff Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, with police at a Georgia motel, and a female suspect has been arrested, a U.S. Marshals Service spokesman said. (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 01:43 PM

A Georgia hotel standoff Tuesday ended with authorities finding the body of a suspect connected with a series of murders inside a room. He appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police found the body of William "Billy" Boyette, 44, inside a room at the West Point Motel in West Point, Georgia, after Mary Rice, 37, left the room to surrender to authorities just before 6 p.m., WAGA-TV reported.

Authorities charged that Boyette and Rice are suspects in several deaths in Florida and Alabama. The couple is allegedly connected with the death of Alicia Greer, 30, and Jacqueline Jeanette Moore, 39, whose bodies were found at the Emerald Sands Inn in nearby Milton, Florida, on Jan. 31, stated the television station.

Police believe the couple also was allegedly involved in the shooting death of Peggy Broz, 52, in Lillian, Alabama, last Friday and stealing Broz's car, noted WAGA-TV. Additionally, the two have been accused of shooting and killing Kayla Crocker, 28, Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff's Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said, WAGA-TV reported.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff said Rice came out of the motel and surrendered moments before Boyette allegedly shot and killed himself.

The Troup County Sheriff’s Office said it received a tip about 2:30 p.m. from someone who reportedly saw the car authorities believed Boyette and Rice were in. Police confirmed the vehicle at the hotel was stolen from victim Crocker, according to the newspaper.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Boyette allegedly had a history of drug trafficking and user of the drug Spice, the AJC reported.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, authorities believe Rice was with Boyette throughout the murder spree and may have been an accomplice in some or all of the incidents. Florida First Circuit State Attorney Bill Eddins told the newspaper that Georgia authorities have agreed to expedite Rice's extradition to either Alabama or Florida.

"We will cooperate with Alabama authorities with regard to where she is tried first," Eddins said Tuesday, according to the News Journal. "Whether the Alabama (district attorney) believes it would be more beneficial to try her here first as an accessory to capital murder or to try her first in Alabama for capital murder, we will agree and defer to them."

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A Georgia hotel standoff Tuesday ended with authorities finding the body of a suspect connected with a series of murders inside a room. He appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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