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April 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Police: Renton murder suspect blames alternate personality

A King County District Court judge on Monday found probable cause to hold a 20-year-old Renton man on investigation of second-degree murder in connection with the death of the man’s 20-year-old girlfriend on Saturday. The judge set bail at $750,000 for Gabriel G. Navarro, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Just before noon Saturday, Navarro…

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January 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Kirkland police investigating woman’s death

Kirkland homicide detectives are investigating the slaying of a 28-year-old Kirkland woman whose body was found Monday by a roommate in their residence in the 9800 block of Northeast 130th Place. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim on Wednesday as Amy Gang and said the cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation. Police spokesman…

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October 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Man pleads to killing grandparents following his prison release

Michael Chadd Boysen, center, stands between lawyers James Conroy, left, and Scott Ketterling.  (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Michael Chadd Boysen, center, stands between lawyers James Conroy, left, and Scott Ketterling. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

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.

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