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Victim's friend speaks out as convicted killer confesses to another murder

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WILMINGTON -- John Wayne Boyer has strong ties to North Carolina. He's already convicted in the 2003 murder of Wilmington resident, Scarlett Wood. But now, he's tied to another North Carolina murder case, the case involving Michelle Haggadone.

Michelle Bollinger and Wood were close friends and she said she didn't approve of Wood spending time with Boyer.

"I met him a few times and there was something about him, I didn't like him and I didn't like being around him," said Bollinger.

Bollinger said Wood babysat for Boyer when she was just 16 and as years went on their relationship grew.

"He would give her money and she would go spend time with him," she said. "He fell in love with her and she didn't want him like that, and that just sent him off the edge."

Wood disappeared in 2003 and her skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area off Kerr Avenue in 2004, but they went unidentified until 2006. Boyer was convicted of second-degree murder in 2007.

Bollinger said she knew what Boyer was capable of before he was convicted and before the latest developments surfaced.

"He had made a remark to other people that we knew, that he had killed a lady before and nobody ever found her body," said Bollinger.

The New Hanover County District Attorney's office handled the Wood murder case back in 2007 and District Attorney Ben David said they're committed to helping authorities in other states especially because Michelle Haggadone had ties to the Wilmington area.

"We're certainly going to use all of our best efforts from a law enforcement, prosecutors stand point to assist the South Carolina authorities and also the Tennessee authorities to make sure they build on the work that we have already established against Mr. Boyer to make sure that full justice is done," said David.

And while justice doesn't bring the victims back, Bollinger said it helps.

"You never forget but closure helps," she said.

Boyer is also implicated in the 2005 murder of Jennifer Smith from Tennessee.

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