August 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Death penalty ruled out for man charged with killing grandparents
King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg announced Friday morning he would not seek the death penalty against a man charged with murdering his grandparents in March after they welcomed him home from prison.
Michael Chadd Boysen, 26, is alleged to have strangled and robbed his maternal grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, in Renton the day they threw him a welcome home party after his release from prison.
Following a massive, multistate manhunt, he was arrested three days later after a standoff at a motel in Lincoln City, Ore.
Without the possibility of being put to death, Boysen would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of release if he’s convicted as charged of two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
In a statement released by the prosecutor’s office, spokesman Dan Donohoe said the decision was reached after an extensive review of the case and consultation with Boysen family members who are kin to both the suspect and the victims.
Boysen’s defense attorneys say he has been restrained for as many as 10 hours at a time, strapped to a hard, plastic restraint board while in the King County Jail.
Those restrictive conditions contributed to a dozen suicide attempts by Boysen and led him to repeatedly ask his attorneys to allow him to be put to death, his attorneys say in court documents.
Donohoe declined to comment further on the prosecuting attorney’s decision.
“We are just going to let it stand on its own,” he said.
Boysen is currently set to face trial in January 2014 for the slayings.
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