Terry Leon Boyd's story appeared to be at an end on the afternoon of Oct. 10: Confronted by Virginia State Police on an exit ramp of Interstate 81, the fugitive shot himself in the head.
But officials said yesterday that Boyd has recovered enough so that it appears likely he will stand trial for the Oct. 1 slaying of Harold Ann East, a 53-year-old Northwest Washington woman.
Boyd was extradited to the District yesterday and was transported by ambulance to a hospital, said Channing D. Phillips, special counsel to the U.S. attorney. An arraignment date has not been set, Phillips said.
Police had been seeking Boyd after East's body was discovered in a house in the 600 block of Hamilton Street NW. The body of a second woman, Dorothy Redd, 65, was also found in the house that day. Redd, who considered Boyd her grandson, shared the house with him and East. Investigators said they will present information about the death of Redd to the grand jury.
Two other women, Clara Carter, 84, and Ruby Currie Davis, 72, were killed around the same period in houses in Northwest Washington. Police have found nothing to connect the deaths on Hamilton Street to those killings. But they said they are still looking at every aspect of each case.
Redd had been strangled, and East had been shot and possibly sexually assaulted, police said. Carter, who lived about a mile away in the 1200 block of Shepherd Street NW, was found strangled in an upstairs bedroom. Davis, of the 2400 block of Ontario Road NW, was stabbed.
Friends of Carter have been hoping that someone would find a link or breakthrough in the case, said the Rev. C.J. Malloy Jr., of First Baptist Church in Georgetown. Carter was a beloved longtime member of the church. Friends there, upset that there are no suspects in the case, raised $3,000 as a reward for information, Malloy said. Crimesolvers has offered a $1,000 reward.
Fourth District Lt. Alvin Brown said yesterday that both cases were still being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-576-6726 or Crimesolvers at 800-673-2777.
"We want to get some resolution to this," Malloy said of Carter's slaying. "She was such a lovely woman and so full of life."