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Husband of homicide victim found dead

Published On: Jan 25 2013 11:06:26 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

The estranged husband of a woman found dead in a Madison apartment Thursday was found dead in his home as police executed a search warrant.

Bernard Grosso, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Madison police.

Police searched the home in the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue after the Jennifer Boyce, 30, was found dead in her stepmother’s apartment in the 6800 block of Milwaukee Street around 10:35 a.m. Thursday.

Police said a loaded assault rifle and another firearm were recovered from the home.

The case is being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to police. They have not disclosed how Boyce was killed but said she suffered multiple injuries.

The couple was due in court Friday to finalize a divorce.

Madison's forensic team continued collecting evidence from the victim's home Thursday evening.

Investigators have been focusing on a first-floor patio door that was shattered.

Boyce was working as an epidemiologist at the state Division of Public Health.

Her family spoke with WISC-TV by phone from their Ballwin, Mo., home, and said they learned about Boyce's death from local detectives around dinner time.

Her stepmother, Dixie Boyce, said she doesn't believe the homicide was a random act.

She said Jennifer Boyce moved into the apartment six months ago.

"(I am in) shock. We can't really believe it; I mean, these things happen on TV, they don't happen to us," Boyce said. "We're middle class, normal Americans, and she was a nice girl."

She said Boyce competed in the Ironman triathlon in Madison.

"She was very athletic and got real involved in sports and training for the Ironman, and she needed an outlet," Dixie Boyce said.

It's Madison's first homicide of 2013.

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