Madison County

Man kills woman who was breaking up with him, then shoots himself

The breakup between a man and woman escalated into a murder-suicide in Estill County, Kentucky State Police said Monday.

Troopers and deputy sheriffs arrived at the scene Sunday afternoon to find two people dead inside a hunting cabin on Meadows Lane northeast of Irvine near the Powell County line, said Trooper Chris Lanham of the Richmond state police post.

The woman, Kelli Barr, 35, of Mineral, W.Va., was found dead in the bathroom with a gunshot wound to the head, Lanham said. Michael Boyle, 53, of Estill County was found dead in a chair in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head. Boyle shot himself with a .22-caliber pump-action rifle, Lanham said.

"The male apparently did leave a note behind," Lanham said. "He apparently sat down on a chair in the living room" and shot himself.

Autopsies were conducted Monday by the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort.

Barr and Boyle had broken up two weeks ago, Lanham said. The person who called state police, whom Lanham described as Barr's "current beau," had driven Barr to Boyle's cabin Sunday afternoon so she could retrieve her belongings, Lanham said.

The caller, whom police would not identify, heard a heated argument in the home and then called a Powell County deputy sheriff, and "shortly thereafter he heard two gunshots," Lanham said.

Boyle had planned to shoot Barr, Lanham said.

"Apparently, she had contacted him and said 'Look, I'm going to come back and get the rest of my stuff. It's over between us.' And he had planned out what he was going to do," Lanham said.

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