WEST POINT, Georgia (AP) — A 37-year-old woman faces multiple charges in Florida and Alabama after surrendering to authorities following a standoff at a Georgia motel that ended with another suspect fatally shooting himself.
Officials in Pensacola, Florida, say Mary Rice faces charges of accessory after the fact to capital murder in the deaths of two women found dead Jan. 31. She also faces a capital murder and robbery charge for the death of a woman in Lillian, Alabama. And charges are still pending for Rice in the case of Kayla Crocker, who died Tuesday afternoon, a day after she was shot during a home invasion near Pensacola.
Authorities say Rice and William “Billy” Boyette stole Crocker’s car. A tip led law enforcement to the motel where Rice and Boyette had holed up in West Point, Georgia, on Tuesday afternoon. Rice came outside the room and surrendered.
Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff told reporters deputies heard a single gunshot and found Boyette dead inside the room.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amber Southard in Florida confirmed that Boyette fatally shot himself Tuesday evening at the motel.
Dominic Guadagnoli of the U.S. Marshals Service earlier told the Pensacola News Journal that the stolen vehicle the couple had been driving was seen at the motel, and that Rice checked into the motel using her real name.
Officials say the bodies of 30-year-old Alicia Greer and 39-year-old Jacqueline Jeanette Moore were found Jan. 31. On Friday, 52-year-old Peggy Broz was fatally shot and her car was stolen.