Topic: Double homicide
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August 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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.
March 10, 2013 at 8:55 AM
UPDATE: An arrest warrant has been issued for 26-year-old Michael L. Boysen, the grandson of a Renton couple who were found slain in their home on Saturday, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the grandson of an elderly Renton-area couple who were found dead on Saturday evening.
Michael L. Boysen, 26, is being sought by investigators in connection with the slayings, said Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, she said.
The victims, 82 and 80 years old, were discovered in their Fairwood home in the 16200 block of 145 Avenue Southeast around 7 p.m. on Saturday after a relative visited their residence, knocked repeatedly on the door but got no answer, according to the sheriff’s office.
They were last seen alive on Friday, West said.
The sheriff’s office has not disclosed how or when the couple died.
Their car, a red 2001 Chrysler 300 with a license plate 046-XXU, is missing. A statewide alert for the vehicle has been issued, West said.
According to court documents, Boysen has a criminal history that spans a half decade and includes convictions for first-degree robbery and trafficking in stolen property. He was convicted of residential burglary last year and served time in a state prison before being released last week.
Boysen is 5-feet-10 and 170 pounds.
May 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM
Police are questioning a man and a woman after two people were found dead in a home in Shelton, according to the Associated Press.
Lt. Les Watson says investigators believe the two being interviewed may have information about the double homicide.
Officers responding to a report of gunshots about 1 a.m. found a man and a woman dead inside. They appear to have been shot. They have not been identified.
Watson says police served a search warrant on a nearby home Monday morning because of a connection between the victims and residents of that home.
A SWAT team surrounded that house and a stand-off ensued. Before police fired tear gas into the home, a woman, a teenage girl and two small kids exited the house. Police used tear gas, and detained the man and woman who eventually came out of the house.
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