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Mayer woman, man die in murder suicide

William Hewitt

William Hewitt

The search for a Mayer man who murdered his girlfriend Friday and then fled ended Saturday evening when Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies found him dead in his truck of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said that just after 10:30 a.m. on Friday, deputies were called to the 10000 block of Main Street in Mayer regarding a child reporting his mother had been shot. The 5-year-old boy told deputies he had seen "Bill" shoot his mom. Deputies identified the woman as 38-year-old Kristina Webb. They learned that "Bill" was 29-year-old William Hewitt and he had just dropped off the 5-year-old at a friend's home in Mayer before driving away in a tan 1979 Ford pickup truck. The child is now in protective custody.

Deputies were later told that Hewitt was Webb's boyfriend, and they were in the process of moving from Mayer to a home in Cleator.

Just before 1:30 p.m., deputies found Webb's body in an area off Antelope Creek Road about a half mile north of Old Cordes, south of Mayer. Webb had died from an apparent gunshot wound, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies later on Friday issued a warrant for Hewitt's arrest. It was originally reported that the truck he was driving bore faded Humboldt Unified School District emblems on the side. Deputies on Saturday released photos of the truck taken previously and unrelated to this investigation. The photos show it in fact bears Chino Valley School District logos.

After searching throughout Friday and most of Saturday, a deputy just before 6 p.m. Saturday found Hewitt's vehicle and his body in an area near Highway 89A and the Granite Dells Parkway. A firearm, likely the murder weapon, was recovered from the vehicle, D'Evelyn said.

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