Pine Bluff Woman Convicted in Double Slaying

PINE BLUFF, AR - A Pine Bluff woman accused of a double slaying was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

It was the second trial for 21-year-old Ymari Boyce-Reid, after an earlier jury couldn't agree on a verdict.  Jurors deliberated for about five hours yesterday before convicting Boyce-Reid of first-degree murder, rather than capital murder, with which she was charged.

Boyce-Reid was charged in the January 16, 2006 slayings of 36-year-old Angela Hicks and 39-year-old Christopher Allen.

Boyce-Reid was arrested two days later hiding in the trunk of a car in a garage in the Dollarway area.  Investigators said she burned the clothes she wore the night of the shootings, as well as a Glock .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun police believe was the murder weapon.

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