Judy Boyer: Michigan woman, who pleaded guilty after killing father, sister and two others in cold blood, kept a hit list
CLARE, MICHIGAN: A woman in Michigan has pleaded guilty in court to the murder of her father, sister, and two handymen in 2021. Judy Boyer, 55, kept a chilling journal that had the names of people she wanted to kill. On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Judy pleaded guilty to fatally shooting all four victims in 2021, according to Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis.
Judy's father Henry Boyer, 85, sister Patricia Boyer, 61, and handymen Zachary Salminen, 36, and Wade Bacon, 39, were found dead with gunshot wounds on October 20, 2021. The two handymen were helping fix the roof of Henry's house, according to the police. They were all murdered inside Henry's house in Clare, which is about 160 miles northwest of Detroit, according to a report by The Sun.
"Wade Bacon's was helping an elderly man with household fixes before winter settled in,” his sister Wrae Bacon wrote on a GoFundMe page in 2021. He "died doing what he always did: helping others," Wrae added.
Judy lived in a house across the street from her father's house. Police were called to her father’s home the same day after receiving reports of two people being shot and wounded. When the police entered Henry's house, they found four bodies. All were shot at the Boyer home in Grant Township. Once Judy Boyer found out about the police's arrival, she fled the scene and was on the run after the bodies were found and her nephew was charged instead with being an accessory after the shootings, sources said.
"Judy Boyer of Farwell admitted in court to killing all four with a .22-caliber rifle. She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of her father Henry Boyer and sister Patricia Boyer and second-degree for killing the handymen Salminen and Bacon," said Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis said.
The first-degree murder charge carries a sentence of life without the possibility of parole in Michigan. Judy went through two competency hearings to determine whether she was fit for trial before she pled guilty in court on Wednesday. The authorities have provided very few details of the four killings or motives but have said the woman kept a chilling list of all the people she wanted to kill. Judy's trial is set for sometime in November 2022.