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Florida killer couple

BEWARE! Florida killer couple still at large

Escambia County residents will see extra deputies on patrol as the search for a killer couple continues.  Police are searching for 44-year-old William “Billy” Boyette and 37-year-old Mary Rice after tying them to a multi-state killing spree.

Over the past week, at least three women are dead and one is critically injured.  Most recently, a young mother was injured Monday during a home invasion near Pensacola.  Deputies responded Monday to reports of a home invasion and vehicle theft. The mother of victim Kayla Crocker went to her daughter’s house to check on her and found Crocker with a gunshot wound, although her 2-year-old son was unharmed.

The young mother was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Her vehicle, a white Chevrolet Cobalt, was stolen and later observed at Shell gas station only minutes away. The couple was reportedly seen eating at a nearby Hardee’s.

The killer couple is also suspected in the deaths of two women in nearby Milton on Jan. 31, as well as the killing of a woman in Lillian, Alabama, last Friday.

The Milton incident occurred at the Emerald Sands Inn on Jan. 31. One of the victims, Alicia Greer, 30, was in a relationship with Boyette, while the other was identified as Jacqueline Jeanette Moore, 39.  So far in the investigation, Greer is the only suspect linked to the victims.

On the following Friday morning, the pair traveled to Lillian, AL where they allegedly killed Peggy Broz and stole her vehicle Friday morning.

The female suspect, Mary Rice, has been spotted on some surveillance video and may have died her hair orange.  Boyette, the male, had a history of drug trafficking, including his own heavy use of the drug Spice, a drug that causes users to stay awake for several days at a time. He also has a history of violent crimes against women.

The Alabama attack was the couple’s 3rd attack and police believe there may be more to come. Communities along the Florida Panhandle have been on the lookout and are advised to exercise extreme caution while the case is being worked by authorities from Escambia, Santa Rosa, the U.S. Marshals, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are working the case.

Escambia Deputy Chief Simmons stated, “What we are experiencing is a running nightmare, quite honestly.”

[Feature Photo: Escambia PD]