Boyd awaits sentencing in motel murder

Boyd awaits sentencing in motel murder


Sentencing is schedule next month for a Philadelphia man convicted of capital murder.

The man, Marlon Boyd, 20, was convicted last Tuesday in the March 20, 2021, slaying death of 27-year-old Desmond Davis of Philadelphia in an early-morning robbery at the Western Motel on south Holland Avenue.

Boyd was taken into custody on the evening of April 3 by the Meridian Police Department after being on the run for days.  Boyd was arrested after a tip informed MPD that he was hiding out at a house in Meridian. Boyd was extradited to Philadelphia that same evening.

Meridian Special Ops, K9 units and U.S. Marshals arrived at the house and gave chase to Boyd. He ran into some nearby woods but was eventually captured without incident, officials said.

District Attorney Steven Kilgore said the state will not be seeking the death penalty.

Boyd was charged along with two others, Brandon Goodin of Philadelphia and Shianne White of Union. All were originally charged with capital murder. However, Goodin and White pleaded guilty to lesser charges and gave testimony against Boyd during his trial.

Goodin pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. White pleaded guilty to accessory to murder after the fact and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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