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December 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM
King County prosecutors charged Vanetta Richardson, 34, of Renton, with second-degree murder today, accusing her of shooting her unarmed husband seven times as he tried to flee their house on Sunday.
Richardson allegedly fired a .40-caliber handgun nine times at Jerry Butler Jr., 31, while her children were in her line of fire, charging papers say. Butler was shot twice in the back, once in the back of the head, once in the buttock, once to the front of his left shoulder and twice to the side of his body, according to the charges.
Though Richardson had told police she fired at Butler who lunged at her during an argument, his injuries are inconsistent with her description of events given “there were no gunshot entrance wounds to the direct front of Butler’s body,” the papers say.
Richardson called 911 just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday and reported that she had shot her husband because he had been hitting her, according to the charges. Butler died at the scene and was found lying face down in the yard outside their house in the 12400 block of Southeast 184th Street in Renton, the papers say.
“Although aiming at her husband, the defendant fired her gun multiple times when her children, who are all 16-years-old or younger, were in her line of fire. Her willingness to kill her husband while simultaneously endangering her children with injury from the gunfire establishes she is a danger to the community and her children,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz wrote in charging documents.
Richardson, who remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, is to be arraigned Dec. 16.
December 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Update at 3:05 p.m.:| Bail for the suspect was set at $1 million during a first appearance at the King County Jail courtroom.
Original post:| A 34-year-old Renton woman has been arrested for investigation of homicide-domestic violence, Renton police said this morning.
At 1:38 p.m. Sunday, a woman called 911 to report that she had shot her husband, according to police. When officers responded to the home in the 12400 block of Southeast 184th Street they found a 31-year old man bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds.
The man later died at the scene, police said.
The suspect, the man’s wife, was arrested. Children in the home were released to a family friend, police said.
The suspect is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon, police said.
November 28, 2013 at 7:13 PM
A 1-year-old child suffered minor injuries Thursday after tumbling out of a window of a house in the 2300 block of Southeast 21st in Renton, according to a dispatch supervisor.
Though the initial report around 4:45 p.m. indicated the child fell 25 feet, it was later reported that the child fell 9 feet, the dispatcher said.
October 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM
A 21-year-old man who last year killed his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend and set fire to her suburban Renton home has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Jarod Thomas Lane was sentenced Friday afternoon after pleading guilty last month in the murder of Jessica Scholl and the arson of her family’s home in May 2012, according to King County prosecutors.
Firefighters found Scholl dead from stab wounds, blunt-force injuries and possible strangulation on the second floor of the home in the 12700 block of Southeast 164th Street in Renton.
It took detectives a few days to track down Lane after the killing; he left Washington and was seen by a news crew, who called police when they saw him walking on the side of the road, while they were covering the story in Oklahoma.
Scholl and Lane had dated for a couple of years, and he had seemed distraught over their recent breakup, authorities and friends said.
So many of her relatives and friends filled the courtroom Friday that more benches had to be brought in, the Associated Press reported.
Information from The Seattle Times’ archives and the Associated Press is included in this report.
October 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM
A Renton woman was briefly trapped in the basement of her house in the 300 block of Maple Avenue Northwest on Wednesday when a neighbor crashed his Mercedes through her front door, according to Renton police.
The woman was not injured, and the 64-year-old man is suspected of DUI because of the “unmistakable odor” of alcohol on his breath, Renton police spokeswoman Terri Vickers said.
No charges have been filed yet, Vickers said.
October 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM
The man accused of strangling his grandparents in their Renton home on March 9 — the day after he got out of prison — entered an Alford plea Friday morning to two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
Michael Chadd Boysen, 27, faces a sentence of life in prison without parole. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office had decided in August not to seek the death penalty. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18.
In an Alford plea, a defendant concedes there is sufficient evidence to support a conviction, but does not directly acknowledge guilt. Boysen entered the plea against the advice of his defense counsel.
He said in a written statement that he can’t recall the specific circumstances of the slayings, but he’s truly remorseful and doesn’t want to put his family through the trauma of a trial.
Boysen was released from the Monroe Correctional Complex on March 8 after serving nine months of a 16-month sentence for attempted burglary. His grandparents, Robert Taylor, 82, and Norma Taylor, 80, picked him up from prison that morning and spent the day with him running errands. That night, they hosted a welcome-home party celebrating his return.
According to charging documents, he was supposed to spend the night there and be picked up at noon the next day by his paternal aunt. When she arrived, however, there was no answer at the door. The woman said she called Boysen’s sister to tell her, and then left.
A few hours later, Melanie Taylor — the couple’s daughter and Boysen’s adoptive mother — let herself into the home with a key. She noticed her parents’ red 2001 Chrysler 300 was missing, as was her mother’s cellphone, according to the court papers. The documents note that Norma Taylor was deaf and used her phone to communicate through text messages.
“After spending some time in the house waiting,” the charges say, Melanie Taylor “decided to look around” and noticed the unmade bed in the spare room where her son was supposed to have spent the night. Not long afterward, she found her parents dead in the room’s closet, according to the court documents.
October 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM
A man is being questioned by police after he allegedly stabbed another man at a Renton saloon this afternoon.
Renton police spokeswoman Terri Vickers said officers were called to the No Bull Saloon, 1190 N.E. Sunset Blvd., at 3:23 p.m. Officers were there within two minutes, she said.
“As far as we know there was a bar fight and the victim was stabbed in the chest and transported to Harborview (Medical Center),” she said.
Vickers said she didn’t know of a reason for the stabbing. She said the suspect is being questioned by police.
Reached by phone, a woman who answered the phone at the No Bull Saloon laughed when asked if she had a comment about the stabbing. A second employee said, “Renton police are still investigating. We have no comment.”
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.
August 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM
All northbound lanes of Interstate 405 will close for pavement repairs this weekend in Bellevue, while the northbound interchange from Highway 167 to northbound I-405 will also close to replace a corroded drainpipe in Renton.
Closures begin at 10 p.m. Friday and last until 5 a.m. Monday. The dual projects are likely to cause delays. The state Department of Transportation asks drivers to spend a few minutes to plan an Eastside detour, switch to I-5 going north, carpool, or brace for a longer trip.
The Bellevue project will close northbound lanes between the Southeast Eighth Street/116th Street Southeast exit and Highway 520. Also, the I-90 ramps to northbound I-405 will close. Contractor crews will replace concrete freeway panels that are nearly 50 years old, next to downtown Bellevue.
Also, I-405 northbound from Highway 520 to Northeast 70th Street in Kirkland will be reduced to one lane from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday and from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, for overnight pavement grinding.
In Renton, the Highway 167 ramps to southbound I-405, and from Rainier Avenue South to northbound I-405, will remain open.
Spillover traffic this weekend could affect I-5 through downtown Seattle, as well as the Highway 520 toll bridge.
Traffic will be affected by a baseball game at 6:10 p.m Saturday, against the Milwaukee Brewers, when Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame; and another game against the Brewers at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
The INRIX traffic-data firm, based next to Highway 520, suggests that drivers in Bellevue travel before 10 a.m., to avoid afternoon slowdowns. During a previous closure, Bellevue Way and 148th Avenue Northeast became congested mid-day, and didn’t return to normal until 6 p.m.
July 12, 2013 at 9:05 PM
UPDATE at 11:21 p.m.: The missing Renton man was found safe in Bellevue at 10:45 p.m., and is now back home, said the King County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center.
Previous post: An 81-year-old Renton man with “serious medical issues” was last seen at home on Thursday afternoon, said the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Roy Thompson, who has gray hair, blue eyes, wears glasses, is 6 feet tall and weighs 155 pounds. He was driving a 2006 Gray Toyota Avalon with Washington State license plate AJY8994, said the Sheriff’s Office.
He was last seen wearing tan clothing, and his last known location was in West Seattle.
The Sheriff’s Office said that Thompson is known to have traveled as far as Stanwood and was in Burien before that.
It said anyone who has had contact with Thompson or has seen his vehicle should call the Sheriff’s Office 911 Center at 206-296-3311.
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