Suspect arraigned on 8 charges after 4 homicides in Clare Co.
CLARE COUNTY, Mich. (WNEM) - A woman is facing eight felony charges in connection with the deaths of four people in Clare County.
Judy Boyer, 54, was arrested after two people died from a shooting at a residence on S. Harrison Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Two other people were later found dead on the property.
The victims include a 39-year-old man, a 36-year-old man, an 85-year-old man, and a 61-year-old woman. The Clare County Prosecutor said all four victims were shot and died on the same day.
The victims include Boyer’s father, Henry Lee Boyer, her sister Patricia Ann Boyer and two men who were hired to fix the roof on the house, Wade Harlan Bacon and Zachary Alan Salminen.
Boyer was charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder; two counts of second-degree murder and four felony counts of weapons firearm charges. She is also a habitual offender and if she is convicted on the most serious charges will go to prison without parole.
During Boyer’s arraignment, it was revealed investigators found evidence in her car that led authorities to believe there were more potential victims. There was a journal that included other people she was looking to harm and kill.
After the judge set a $1 million cash bond, Boyer slumped forward in her chair and was unresponsive. Eventually, she was awakened but appeared to be disoriented and the judge called for a recess.
Boyer was taken into custody in Wexford County without incident on Thursday, Oct. 21. Her bond was set at $1 million. During Friday’s court proceedings, it was revealed Boyer had a co-defendant.
A woman who was considered armed and dangerous after two people died from a shooting and two others were found dead in Clare County has been arrested.
Ryan Patrick Beatty from Weidman is facing multiple charges including accessory after the fact to a felony. Beatty knew Boyer committed the felony and helped her according to court documents.
He is also facing one count for possessing a firearm while being a felon. Records show Beatty is a habitual offender.
Beatty allegedly helped Boyer in hiding and trying to dispose of the 22-caliber long rifle used in the homicides. He is due back in court on Nov. 4 for a probable cause conference.
Boyer’s next scheduled court date has not been scheduled yet. Bacon and Salminen were friends with Beatty according to the prosecutor’s office.
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