Murder suspect caught

Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 9, 2017


The Troy Police Department has captured a suspect in the murder of a 65-year-old man found Monday at a residence in the 100 block of Daisy Court.

The suspect, Alexis Shantell Boswell, 25, was found by the Jackson Police Department just before midnight Tuesday. Troy police traveled to Jackson to pick Boswell up.

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said Boswell is charged with a capital offense because the investigation shows that the murder may have occurred during the commission of a first-degree robbery .

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“Evidence at the scene led us to believe that the victim had been robbed at the commission of this crime,” Barr said.

Troy Housing Authority personnel found the body of Bernard Farrior at approximately 11 a.m. Monday and notified police. The department immediately launched a death investigation, upgrading it to a capital murder case on Tuesday and releasing Boswell’s identity as a suspect.

Barr thanked his investigators and the public for their work to bring Boswell in.

“My hat’s off to investigators who worked tirelessly since this was reported …  to gather evidence and information,” Barr said. “They worked just about around the clock to bring this case to a close.

“We also appreciate the public’s help in trying to locate her. I knew once we sent it out that things would start pouring in and it did. There were several tips that came into the police department and were also called into CrimeStoppers.”

Boswell is being held without bond at the Pike County Jail. Capital offenses are punishable by death or life in prison without the chance of parole. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.