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Charge in hotel death upgraded to murder

December 20, 2018 GMT

A criminal charge against a man accused of stabbing his wife to death in a north-side motel room was upgraded to murder Wednesday.

New information in a probable cause affidavit said a witness told police he saw Tyrin Royce Boone grab a knife from under a mattress and get on top of his wife in the motel room. “I thought he was going to stab her in the eye,” the witness told police in court records.

The man unlocked the motel room door, walked to Glenbrook Square and took a bus home, he told police.

Tyrin Royce Boone, 40, was arrested Friday on a preliminary aggravated battery charge. Now charged with murder, he’s accused of fatally stabbing his wife, Janaya Michelle Boone, 38, who was found Dec. 12 in a room at Regency Inn on Coliseum Boulevard West.


The witness said the couple had picked him up Dec. 12 and taken him to the Aldi grocery store at Tillman Road and South Anthony Boulevard. Janaya Boone told the man to stay with her because she was scared of her husband, the man told police.

They took him to their room at the Regency Inn, where Tyrin Boone took a shower and Janaya Boone changed her clothes, the man told police.

When Tyrin Boone came out of the bathroom and noticed his wife had changed her clothes, he grabbed the knife and got on top of his wife, court records said. The witness told police he thought Tyrin Boone was going to grab a gun and “kill both of us.”

A cleaning woman found Janaya Boone about 12:25 p.m. Dec. 12 in a pool of blood. 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 in the same vehicle and driving west on Coliseum Boulevard.

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

Police found Tyrin Boone on Friday night wearing the same two-tone gray sweatshirt and jeans he was seen wearing at the motel in video footage.

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

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

Although Tyrin Boone is charged with murder, the county coroner has not declared Janaya Boone’s death a homicide.