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10/22/2013 2:56:00 PM
Mayer homicide ends with apparent suicide by Hewitt

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy located the vehicle of a murder suspect in an area off State Route 89A and the Prescott's Granite Dells Parkway. The wanted murder suspect, 29-year-old William Hewitt of Mayer, was found dead inside the vehicle from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Friday afternoon, Sheriff's officers were called to the 10000 block of Mayer, where the body of a woman was found and declared her a murder victim. The woman was discovered around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The woman killed has been tentatively identified as 38-year-old Kristina Webb, a resident of Mayer. Hewitt was Webb's boyfriend and lived with Webb and her 5-year-old son in the Mayer area. Webb suffered a gunshot wound in the incident. The 5-year-old boy told deputies he had seen "Bill" shoot his mom. Deputies learned that "Bill" was in fact 29-year-old William Hewitt and he had just dropped the 5-year-old off at a friend's home in Mayer before driving away in the Ford truck.

The child is currently in protective custody.

Detectives are in the process of determining the location and time of the murder. Motive has not been indicated by detectives as of this writing. Webb's family has been working with Children Protective Services to ensure the victim's son is getting necessary professional counseling and care.

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