Husband of homicide victim found dead

Couple was due in court Friday to finalize divorce

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:47:41 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 25 2013 04:09:46 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

The estranged husband of a woman found dead in her 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 entered and searched the home in the 3800 block of Atwood Avenue with a SWAT team after the Jennifer Boyce, 30, was found dead in her apartment in the 6800 block of Milwaukee Street around 10:35 a.m. Thursday.

“We had gleaned information late yesterday that our suspect in this case was likely armed, so we did go in with the SWAT team with a search warrant last night,” Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said.

DeSpain said police believe Boyce was killed after midnight early Wednesday morning.
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.

There is no record of disputes between the two, according to police. They said some neighbors heard noises from Boyce's apartment Wednesday morning but didn't call police.

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."

Jennifer Boyce’s father, Don Boyce, said he knew about Grosso’s purchase of an assault rifle two weeks ago, but neither he nor Jennifer were concerned with the purchase.

He said he did not know if the weapon was used on his daughter, and added that he was waiting on the release of Jennifer’s completed autopsy.

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.