Homosassa man charged in death of 18-year-old Deanna Stires

Byron Boutin charged with second degree murder

HOMOSASSA, Fla. - It was a spree of drug use through the holidays that ultimately ended with the violent death of a Hernando County teenager, according to investigators in Citrus County.  

The body of 18-year-old Deanna Lee Stires who was reported missing New Year's Day, was ultimately found in a remote logging trail near Otter Creek in Levy County.  But not before a wild, three-county ride that started in a trailer in Homosassa, according to a report from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said 44-year-old Byron Boutin made a full confession about days of partying and methamphetamine use with Stires and his girlfriend.

It started at his home on Christmas Day at 7340 West Brady Lane, where Boutin said Stires took his stash of meth and "became extremely upset and began 'flipping out.'" Boutin said Stires might have used morphine as well.

Boutin told investigators he pistol-whipped Stires several times to make sure she didn't start acting "crazy" again. They drove to Brooksville, where Boutin and his girlfriend put Stires in a garage where she was "snoring and sweating profusely."

At the time, Boutin said he thought there was nothing wrong and left her alone.  When he returned an hour later, Stires was dead. Boutin told detectives they decided to put her body in the trunk of his Lincoln Town Car, where she stayed for two days.

Eventually Boutin took the body to a remote logging trail in Levy County, where Stires would eventually be found (see http://wfts.tv/VH5TjE). 

Boutin was interviewed about Stires' disappearance and his home searched on January 18, but it wasn't until his confession on Wednesday that he was arrested, according to deputies.

Boutin was booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility on second degree murder charges. He is currently being held without bond.

Deputies said they recovered weapons in his home, one of which had hair samples that matched Stires.

On Thursday, Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said he was pleased to bring relief to Stires' family, which had gone weeks wondering what had happened.

"This was a particularly heinous crime done to such a young woman," Dawsy said.

"No one should have to experience what they've gone through."

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