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Police: Double Murder-Suicide Result Of Breakup

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MURPHY (CBSDFW.COM) - Police say a double murder in their town and a suicide in a Dallas may be the result of a broken relationship and possible love triangle.

Murphy police were called to the 100 block of Sherwood for a welfare check after a call from a concerned family member.

Police went to the house and saw things they thought were concerning. Thus, they entered the single-family home.

That’s when police discovered the bodies of Jonathan Masin, 40, and Amy Picchiotti, 38, partially clothed, barefoot and in two separate areas of the home.

Neighbors reported to police they heard gunshots around 6:30 a.m.

Shortly after the bodies were discovered, police named a person of interest: Masin’s ex-girlfriend and Dallas resident, Michele Boyer, 45.

By 9 a.m. her neighbors in Lake Highlands, reported Dallas police officers were knocking on their doors asking if they had recently seen Boyer.

Around 12:30 p.m. Dallas police spotted Boyer’s vehicle sitting in front of her ex-husband’s home on Leda Drive, also in Lake Highlands.

She was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

Murphy police say a gun similar to the weapon used in the murders was found at the scene of the suicide.

Another piece of evidence linked her to the crime, according to police.

“There was a suicide note that gave some information,” says James Fisher, Murphy City Manager. “It appears it does relate back to this case here.”

Murphy police say Masin and Boyer had recently broken up and that is what led Boyer to commit the crimes.

There weren’t signs of forced entry at Masin’s home in Murphy.

Police are still investigating.

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