Double murder jolts residents of Murphy

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by CARLA WADE and SANDRA TURNER

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WFAA

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 11:05 PM

MURPHY — There hasn't been a homicide in Murphy for years. It was so long ago that City Manager James Fisher couldn't even pinpoint the number.

"It's very rare," he said. "I do not recall of having one at any time.”

The discovery of two bodies inside a home on Sherwood Lane Saturday morning sent shock waves through the quiet neighborhood.

Sima Zolfaghareian said she’s lived in Murphy for six years. She was out walking her dog when she noticed a flurry of police activity.

“I went over there and I saw three police cars and the ambulance,” she said. “I didn't ask anything because I was scared.”

Neighbors told police they heard what sounded like gunshots about 6:30 a.m., but it wasn't until two hours later that the father of one of the victims called asking for a welfare check.

Once there, officers discovered the bodies of 40-year old Jonathon Masin and 38-year-old Amy Picchiotti. Both had been shot.

Investigators said Masin had recently received threatening messages from his ex-girlfriend, who was later identified as 45-year-old Michele Boyer.

Police were looking for her soon after they found the bodies in Murphy. Boyer was located 13 miles away — dead in her car outside an East Dallas home on Leda Drive. Investigators said she took her own life.

“A note was found at the scene of the suicide, and it did have information that is related to the incident that is being investigated here in Murphy,” Fisher said.

Neighbors said Boyer had parked her car outside her ex-husband's home, just a few minutes away from her own house on Hambrick Drive. A man living at that address told News 8 he didn't want to say anything out of respect for her family.

Police said the gun Boyer used in her suicide was similar in caliber to the gun used to kill Masin and Picchiotti. They believe Masin and Boyer recently broke up, and that is what led to the three deaths.

Murphy police detectives were assisted in their investigation by the Wylie Police Department, the Crime Scene Unit of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, and a Texas Ranger.

E-mail cwade@wfaa.com

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