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Pain lingers for victims of crime
Victims of crime
Stan Boyd talks about his brother’s murder Monday outside Warren County Courthouse. Listening, from left, are former Sheriff Jackie Matheny, District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, and Laura Beth Smartt.

It’s been nearly 30 years since Stan Boyd learned of his brother’s death.

Christopher Todd Boyd was just 19 years old when he was shot and killed in the Shellsford area. It was Feb. 20. 1992 when his body was discovered on McGee Cove Road, an isolated, rural road.

A firearms expert with the TBI testified Boyd was shot twice from close range with a 12-gauge shotgun, once in the back and once in the head.

“It’s something you never get over,” said Stan during a ceremony Monday in front of Warren County Court-house for national Crime Victims Rights Week. “I deal with it every day. It was a cold and calculated murder, very cruel. It’s been said that God doesn’t put anything on you that you can’t handle, but sometimes it feels like you have the whole world on your shoulders and you just have to keep pressing on.”

District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis organized the ceremony because she said it’s crime victims who are so often forgotten.

“You see and hear a lot about crime in the newspaper,” said Zavogiannis. “But you don’t see and hear a lot about the people most affected – the victims. Victims hurt and for some the hurt stays like a scar.”

Darryl Gene Farmer was found guilty of killing Christopher Boyd because he thought he was a snitch. Stan Boyd said Monday he was surprised with how exhausting the legal process is, not only in getting a conviction but in keeping those guilty behind bars.

“The whole experience as far as the justice system and the parole board is tough,” said Stan, who indicated that seeing his brother’s killer during parole hearings was painful. “You get all kinds of bad thoughts going through your mind and it’s tough not to act on them.”

Monday’s ceremony also brought with it unfortunate irony for the Boyd family. Darryl Farmer was released from prison on Monday morning after serving about 25 years.

“If you commit a horrific crime, you shouldn’t be able to get out,” said Stan. “When you take a life, to me the way I look at it, a life is a life. Yet this morning, he walks out.”

In addition to Stan Boyd’s comments, Laura Beth Smartt talked on behalf of her mother, who was a victim more than two decades ago and was haunted for years.

Smartt said her mother was getting gas when a man approached her and said he had a child in the hospital and needed gas money. She said her mother gave the little bit of money she had on her, but the man still followed her in his vehicle and tried to run her off the road.

Her mother made it to safety and took out an arrest warrant against the man. She said he got their phone number from his copy of the warrant and began calling their home and harassing her mother.

“I remember her putting a chair against the door and walking around the inside of the house with a knife she was so scared,” said Smartt. “The most disappointing part is the victims don’t have as many rights as the defendants.”

National Crime Victims Rights Week continues through Saturday. Zavogiannis thanked all the law enforcement officers in attendance, members of the court system, and her staff for working to help and provide services for the victims of crime.

Warren County Executive Jimmy Haley and McMinnville Mayor Ryle Chastain both signed a resolution in support of crime victims. That resolution was read by Haley.