NC inmate extradited to TN for Hickman Co. murder - WSMV News 4

NC inmate extradited to TN for Hickman Co. murder

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An arrest in a 10-year-old murder case has led to new fears that the man accused may have many more victims.

For years, Jennifer Smith’s murder was a mystery. Now, John Wayne Boyer, the truck driver who admitted to her killing, is in the Hickman County Jail.

John Herbison and a state employee came across the body of Smith, 25, in an empty parking lot off exit 152 of Interstate 40 in Hickman County. He remembers it like it was yesterday.

“It was like right in here behind the concrete barrier,” Herbison said. “She was like laid behind the edge of the grass there.”

Police said the young woman was not clothed and didn’t have ID.

“I couldn’t believe it that there was somebody that had killed somebody and dumped them” Herbison said.

In 2009, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation matched Boyer’s DNA to Smith’s murder and indicted him. Boyer confessed.

He was extradited from North Carolina, where he was serving a murder sentence for another woman.

“I’m glad they finally got him, because all these years, he’d still be running free,” Herbison said. “How many more people did he kill during that time?”

That is a question police are unable to answer. They said Boyer would pick up prostitutes along his truck routes, kill them and dump their bodies.

Boyer was serving a sentence for killing 31-year-old Scarlett Wood in Wilmington, NC, in 2003 when he was extradited. He is also suspected of killing 26-year-old Marie Mallette, who was reported missing in 2001 in North Carolina, according to USA Today.

Boyer also strangled 34-year-old Michelle Haggadone with a wire. Her body was found in 2000 in a parking area off of a South Carolina interstate.

“I feel like probably there’s more out there we just don’t know about,” said Hickman County Sheriff Randal Ward.

Ward said he does not believe there are more victims in Hickman County.

Police said Boyer could be in the Hickman County Jail for weeks before being sent back. He will more than likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

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