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Suspected Murder Weapon Found After Auction of Victim’s Belongings

March 31, 1995 GMT

LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) _ Businessman Kevin Boyd died last August, stabbed 21 times. His ex-wife and son were charged, but try as they might, police couldn’t find the murder weapon.

Boyd’s rental equipment business in this Detroit suburb closed; the equipment was auctioned off. Then on Tuesday, as the last item, an air compressor, was being moved out of the building, a knife was discovered wrapped in a T-shirt.

It was being analyzed, but it matched the estimated dimensions of the knife used in the Aug. 6 slaying, Oakland County sheriff’s Lt. William Kucyk said.

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The knife ``would have never, ever been found where it was,″ said Lynette Heide, the victim’s sister. The air compressor ``was stationary. It had been there for years and years. Even if the building was demolished it wouldn’t have been found.″

The deer-skinning knife was wrapped in a personalized T-shirt that only Boyd, his son and a few other people had, Heide said.

``Lo and behold, it was like my brother reached out and shook it out of there,″ Heide said.

Boyd’s ex-wife, Lynn Louise Boyd, 44, and his son, Kevin M. Boyd, 17, have been held without bond, awaiting trial on murder and conspiracy charges.

They apparently believed Boyd was covered by a large life insurance policy and had hidden millions of dollars in profits from the equipment rental business, investigators have said. Police have found no such evidence.