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New details in Paducah double murder

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PADUCAH -- Mccracken County sheriff's investigators tell News three they suspect Gerald Boyes Jr. killed his father and girlfriend in their Paducah home.

Family members told authorities they believe Boyes Jr. got upset at how his father handled money after his brother's death.

Investigators now say it appears Boyes used a hammer to kill his father, Gerald Boyes Sr., and his father's longtime girlfriend Billie Potter.

Surveillance images place Gerald Boyes junior in Paducah at the time of the deaths according to Sgt. Darrin Frommeyer with the McCracken County sheriffs office.

"Sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. we saw a vehicle matching the same description that Gerald Jr. was driving," said Frommeyer.

Frommeyer says Boyes Jr. used a stolen white 2015 ford flex to drive to Paducah and commit the crimes.

"No normal person would do this, let alone thing about doing it," added Frommeyer.

Frommeyer believes shortly after Boyes Jr. used the same vehicle to drive to Antioch, near Chicago, where he was killed in a shootout with police at Toppers Bar.

"I even said to my partner that on the way to Chicago you know this is probably the same route Gerald Jr. took and I just couldn't imagine what was going through his head as he traveled the highway for those four or six hours," added Frommeyer.

Deputies say the death of Boyes Jr's brother Gregory Boyes played a part in Boyes Jr's decision to kill his father.

"We know that Gerald Jr. wasn't happy with the way things were handled as far as money and property that belonged to his brother," said Frommeyer.

Deputies say the key to finding Boyes Jr was learning he'd pawned his father's wallet in Villa Park, Illinois and putting out wanted fliers in the area.

He was found and died hours later.

"It's a tragedy another life was lost, but at least we can say this will never happen again at least in the hands of Gerald Jr," added Frommeyer.

Authorities explained Boyes Jr. had a bottle of his father's medication on him and guns, stolen from his Paducah home.

They say tests could take weeks to determine if Boyes Jr. died from police bullets in the shootout or if he shot himself.

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