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Regency victim stabbed to death

December 18, 2018

A woman found dead in a north-side motel room last week was stabbed to death, court documents filed Monday said.

Tyrin Royce Boone, 40, was arrested Friday on a preliminary charge of felony aggravated battery in the death of his wife, Janaya Michelle Boone, 38. Her body was found Wednesday in a room at the Regency Inn on Coliseum Boulevard West.

The Allen County coroner has not ruled on the cause or manner of her death.

A probable cause affidavit, however, said a cleaning woman found Janaya Boone about 12:25 p.m. Wednesday in a pool of blood in a room where she and her husband had been staying since Dec. 4.

A knife with blood on it was found nearby, court records said, and an autopsy showed Janaya Boone died from sharp force trauma to the neck causing a severed artery and jugular vein.

Witnesses told police they saw the couple arguing in a motel hallway between 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

That same day, surveillance video caught the couple and another man unloading grocery bags and a baby stroller from a white Nissan and walking up a set of stairs at the motel about 2:30 p.m. About 2:50 p.m., Tyrin Boone was seen on video leaving the motel in the same vehicle and driving west on Coliseum Boulevard.

From that point until Janaya Boone was found the next day, no one was seen on surveillance video entering or leaving the room where she was discovered, court records said.

Tyrin Boone was also seen on surveillance video at a Speedway gas station early Wednesday, and police found him Friday night wearing the same two-tone gray sweatshirt and jeans he was wearing at the gas station and at the motel in video footage, court records said.

He was apprehended about 8:45 p.m. Friday at South Hanna Street and East Tillman Road, police said.

The jeans he was wearing had red stains believed to be dried blood on the left thigh and right knee, court records said.

Boone told police he and his wife were arguing in the motel room, but stopped the interview when a detective asked what the argument was about, court records said.

Prosecutors have until Thursday to file formal charges against him. 

jchapman@jg.net

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