Prime suspect in I-20 Girl case enters plea in unrelated murder case
Tuesday, March 1st 2016, 1:22 pm CST
The prime suspect in the 2000 murder of a woman in Darlington County has entered a plea deal in the 2005 murder of a Tennessee woman.
John Wayne Boyer was sentenced to 30 years for the second degree murder of 25-year-old Jennifer Smith.
Smith’s body was found in an empty parking lot off Interstate 40 near Exit 152. Police said Smith was strangled with a seat belt.
In 2009, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation matched Boyer’s DNA to Smith’s murder and indicted him. He was extradited from North Carolina, where he was serving a murder sentence for the death of another woman.
Boyer is also the prime suspect in at least 2 other cases, including that of Michelle Haggadone.
Haggadone’s body was found behind a rest stop along Interstate 20. Investigators in Darlington claimed to have a confession from Boyer, but a WIS investigation into the case uncovered warrants were never served and the case had not been passed on to prosecutors. The Solicitor since re-opened the case, but told us in April he did not have a criminal case to make against Boyer, but that the investigation continues.
Police said Boyer picked up prostitutes along truck routes, killed them, and dumped their bodies.