Man pleads guilty to 2003 murder
WILMINGTON — A guilty plea in a 2003 Wilmington murder Monday. John Wayne Boyer plead guilty to second-degree murder. Prosecutors say in January 2003 Boyer and Scarlett Woods were at the Travel Lodge off Market Street when Boyer began to beat her. Prosecutors say Woods lost consciousness, and Boyer loaded her into his truck then dumped her in the woods off Kerr Avenue. Her body was discovered a year later.
An autopsy was performed but the official cause of death has never been determined. New Hanover County prosecutor Todd Fennell said, “At or near the time of death she had suffered assaultive behavior that resulted in broken bones of the ribs and facial area. The medical examiner indicated stab marks in the pelvic area. All that indicates death by violent means.” Boyer will spend anywhere from nine-and-a-half to 12 years behind bars. Now that Scarlett’s killer has been convicted her remains will be returned to her mother so she can have a proper burial.