PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man accused of killing his sister’s on-again off-again boyfriend was in court Monday.

Billy Ray Boggs, 49, was in court for a preliminary hearing on murder charges.

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Boggs is accused of killing 35-year-old Tom Guercio, the on-again off-again boyfriend of his sister Jamie Boggs.

Boggs first went missing after last being seen with both Boggs at the Dick’s Sporting Goods in Greensburg in March. His disappearance was deemed suspicious by police and his body was later found in a remote area outside of Kittanning.

Police say it all started with an argument between the Jamie Lynn and Tom Guercio.

“Boggs stated that his sister had been fighting with Guercio and Billy Boggs got into a physical confrontation,” said Police Chief Greg Resetar.

“Billy Boggs said he struck Guercio in the head with a hammer. He took his sister to Uniontown, Billy Boggs returned and struck Guercio with a hammer and stabbed Tommy in the chest with a knife,” added Resetar.

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Billy Boggs dumped the body in Armstrong County.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In this case, one man’s trash proved a homicide detective’s goldmine. They found the truck that was picked up from in front of Billy Boggs’ home.

“I think it was 8 and 10 tons of garbage we emptied out at the Township Road Department,” said Resetar.

Detectives went through it piece by piece and in one black bag they found:

“Blood linen, shirt, hat and pillows,” said Resetar. “It was determined that the amount of blood present with a fatal injury.”

Police say Billy Boggs confessed after learning of the physical evidence.

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