After driving more than 200 miles and surrendering to officials across state lines, Fred Boyd, 43, was extradited back to Alabama late Monday on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Boyd, a former warrants officer with the Anniston Police Department, is alleged to have shot and killed his wife, Cormella Teague Boyd, 41, at their home on Chatwood Drive in Saks before driving to Hobson City and opening fire on another family member, investigators say.
Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said Boyd was cooperating with the sheriff’s office Tuesday morning, but was “not forthcoming” with information involving the crimes.
“There are still a lot of unanswered questions,” Wade said. “We may or may not get all the answers.”
And for now, it doesn’t seem like family members are willing to provide those answers either.
George Teague Jr., who said he was Cormella Boyd’s brother, told a reporter Tuesday that the family did not wish to make any comments. Similar attempts by The Star to reach members of Boyd’s family Tuesday were also unsuccessful.
Neighbors outside the crime scene at Chatwood Drive Monday told a reporter they didn’t know Boyd personally, but only had seen him in the neighborhood. One said he knew that Boyd had been a police officer, but didn’t know his current job.
Boyd quit his job at the Anniston Police Department in August 2011 after 17 years of service. During his tenure, Boyd, who is black, filed two complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Police Department alleging he had faced racial discrimination. The EEOC ruled there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the claims in either complaint.
Boyd’s history with the department may have played a role in the lockdown of the Anniston City Hall and the Police Department headquarters Monday morning, according to Anniston police Lt. Shane Denham. Police Chief Layton McGrady said Boyd had not made direct threats on either building Monday.
Anniston police Lt. Fred Forsythe said it was unlikely Boyd, as a former warrants officer who understood extradition laws, would have fled across state lines in attempts to avoid being brought back to the county.
Boyd was being held with no bail for either charge. His preliminary court date is scheduled for Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star