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….More
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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…More
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.More
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…More
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,…More
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.More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More