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Grandson suspect in elderly grandparent’s murder

Cops around King County are looking for the grandson of an elderly couple who were found dead inside their home March 9 in the 16200 block of 145th Avenue SE in Renton.

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SEATTLE – Michael Chadd Boysen 27, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for strangling his grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, in March, just hours after they threw him a party.

It was an emotional sentencing, and Boysen’s mother, Melanie Taylor, recounted in the courtroom how she found her parent’s bodies at their home.

“Opening the guest room closet door, I could not believe what I saw. I opened and shut that door three times in hopes of what I was seeing was not real,” she said. “My parents were piled on the closet floor in a manner I will never forget.”

Several other family members spoke, and at one point Boysen lashed out at his aunt, Suzanne Taylor Campbell.

Boysen had confessed to strangling his grandparents on March 9, just hours after they threw him a party celebrating his release from prison. He stuffed their bodies in a guest room closet, stole cash and jewelry and their car and fled the area. He was eventually cornered at a motel in Lincoln City, Ore., and taken into custody.

In October, he pleaded guilty to the murder charges he faced, but he has not explained his motive for the murders.

“There are few people I love more in this world. I love more than my grandparents, truly,” Boysen said.

BOYSEN USE MESEATTLE — Michael “Chadd” Boysen, charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of his grandparents, initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in April, but on Friday he entered an Alford plea. Boysen’s plea means he does not admit to committing the murders, but does acknowledge the prosecution could like prove the charges filed against him.

Boysen was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated murder in the deaths of his grandparents. Norma and Robert Taylor were found dead in their home March 9. Boysen had recently been released from prison and his grandparents had hosted a welcome home party for  him.

Boysen, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison without parole on Oct. 18.

RENTON — Chadd Boysen pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to two counts of aggravated murder. But police detectives contend the 26-year-old used a shoelace to strangle his grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor.

Police say he then ransacked their Fairwood home for valuables, even stealing his grandfather`s wedding ring — something Boysen never took off.

The deadly attack so brutal that it was a topic at a town hall meeting in Fairwood Thursday night.

Many  residents  from Fairwood and the surrounding areas showed up to the town hall meeting to specifically hear about the case and about public safety in general.

“We are going to use this opportunity to see what is happening,” said Fairwood resident Elaine Haroldson. Some wanted to know why Boysen targeted his grandparents

“We search for those answers as rational human beings, but sometimes those answers are not there,” said King County Sheriff John Urquhart.

The documents indicate that after leaving his grandparents’ bodies in a bedroom closet, Boysen went on a shopping spree.

He bought an iPad,  a prepaid cellphone, a laptop computer and a Ford Taurus, all with his grandparents’ money.

According to court documents, Boysen, a felon who had just gotten out of prison, had a mental review while in prison. Boysen is described as having a “tendency to be unconcerned and cold hearted” and an “exploitative financial dependence on others” and is often “charming and slick.”

Boysen also has had 11 infractions behind bars, mostly for self mutilation, yet these assessments did not meet the major mental disorder criteria.

“It’s tragic when someone like that slips through the cracks and we see the results here in this community,” said King County Councilman Reagan Dunn.

Dunn and Urquhart worked to answer questions and ease concern, saying the couple’s murder was an extraordinary circumstance.

Urquhart pointed out to residents that violent crime is actually down in the Fairwood and Renton areas. It’s property crimes, such as burglaries, that have risen, he said.

Local News
04/04/13

Man charged in double homicide pleads not guilty

 SEATTLE — Michael “Chadd” Boysen, charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of his grandparents, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday morning. If Boysen is found guilty, he could face the death penalty or a life sentence without parole. The prosecuting attorney has 30 days to determine if they will pursue the death penalty.

Boysen appeared in an all-white prison jumpsuit in court, the suit indicates a prisoner’s elevated security designation. Boysen received the designation because of the aggravated murder charges he is facing, Ian Goodhew with the King County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Boysen’s Department of Corrections records stated that on March 8 he and his grandfather, Robert Taylor, reported to the Seattle Metro Office. Boysen told them on that on March 11 he would be entering the Salvation Army ARC program — the program offers transition housing for felons and a six-month in-patient program. He also reported to his probation officer at the Kent Field Office on March 8 before going home with his grandfather. That day, Boysen also went to the Bothell District Court to address an outstanding warrant and took a drug test, which came back negative.

On March 9, Robert Taylor and his wife Norma were found strangled to death in their Renton home.

Court documents allege Boysen, 26, acted with premeditation in the murder of his grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, of Redmond. Boysen reportedly plotted the murder while he was in prison, telling other inmates of his plan to kill his grandparents. The elderly couple was discovered by their daughter, Boysen’s mother, on March 9 when she went to check on them. They had both been strangled with a shoelace detectives found at the scene.

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Prior to his release from Monroe Correctional Complex, Boysen was reviewed by staff from the Offender Re-entry Community Safety Program and the Dangerous Mentally Ill Offender Program. It was determined that Boysen did not meet the major mental disorder criteria. If he had met the criteria, a treatment provider from the Department of Social and Health Services would have been assigned to monitor him.

Records show that Boysen did have 11 infractions in prison, mostly for fighting and self-mutilation.  In November 2012, he was taken to Valley General Hospital for a deep cut between his forearm and bicep.

The mental health review also said that Boysen “has an intentional, selfish and exploitative financial dependence on others as reflected by a lack of motivation and inability to begin or complete responsibilities.” The report also said Boysen “tends to be smooth, engaging, charming and ‘slick’.” He was identified as being unafraid to “say anything” and was “not shy.”

Boysen was also said to possess a “lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims” and that he had a “tendency to be unconcerned and cold-hearted.” He was said to blame others or have disdain for victims along with displaying an indifference toward authority.

The report said  that Boysen also had limited problem-solving skills and that difficult situations would frustrate him.

Boysen’s next court date is set for April 18.

Boysen photo 2SEATTLE — Michael “Chadd” Boysen has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of his grandparents on March 9 — charges that can carry the death penalty.

The prosecuting attorney requested that Boysen be held without bail.

Court documents allege Boysen, 26, acted with premeditation in the murder of his grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, of Redmond. Boysen reportedly plotted the murder while he was in prison, telling other inmates of his plan to kill his grandparents. The elderly couple was discovered by their daughter, Boysen’s mother, on March 9 when she went to check on them. They had both been strangled with a shoelace detectives found at the scene.

When police arrived, they found the couple in a bedroom closet and they were pronounced dead on the scene.

Boysen had been released from the Monroe Correctional Complex on March 8 and his grandparents picked him up on his release. That evening, Boysen’s grandparents held a homecoming party for him. After the party, Boysen was supposed to spend the evening and his aunt was scheduled to pick him up the following day.

Boysen’s aunt arrived at the home the next day, but no one answered the door, so she called Boysen’s sister to tell her no one answered and she left. When Boysen’s mother, Melanie, arrived later that day, she did not see her parents and noticed their car was gone. When she looked around the house, she discovered her parents in the closet.

When police searched the home, they discovered envelopes and notes that indicated the envelopes could have contained cash. Melanie Boysen also told police that her mother kept cash in the home, court documents said. Norma Taylor’s purse, cash and credit cards were missing from the home.

Police were able to trace the use of some of the credit cards and on March 11 detectives traced one such use to a hotel in Tukwila, where Boysen had registered under his name. When police arrived at the hotel, Boysen was gone.

The following day, a clerk at the Westshore Oceanfront Suites in Lincoln City, Ore., contacted police that Boysen had checked in as a guest. After a 10-hour standoff at the motel, Boysen was taken into custody.

Boysen was extradited to Washington state, where he is being held in the King County Jail.

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PORTLAND — A man suspected of strangling his grandparents in March is in an Oregon jail Monday following his release from a Portland hospital.

Michael “Chadd” Boysen is in Multnomah County Jail, awaiting extradition back to King County to be charged with killing his grandparents — an 82-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman at their home in Renton on March 8.

Boysen was taken to the hospital by police following a standoff in Lincoln City on Tuesday. He suffered from self-inflicted cuts, police said.

According to police, Boysen strangled his grandparents following a “Welcome Home from Prison” party the couple threw him at their home. He has previously served prison time for robbery, and he has six felony convictions.

SEATTLE — The mother of 26-year-old Michael “Chadd” Boysen, suspected of killing his grandparents sometime late Friday or early Saturday in the Fairwood Neighborhood of Renton, spoke publicly Thursday about her son.

Boysen photo 2Sheriff John Urquhart said the six-time convicted felon was released from prison Friday morning and picked up by his grandparents.  The couple, who had been married for almost 60 years, held a welcome-home party for their grandson.

Investigators believe that shortly after the last guest went home, Boysen killed Norma and Robert Taylor and took off in their red 2001 Chrysler 300.

“This is an exceedingly heinous crime any way you look at it, and I think the risk that’s out there is extreme right now,” Urquhart said.

Police in Lincoln City, Ore., arrested Boysen on Tuesday following a day-long standoff.

Officers took Boysen, 26, into custody around 7 p.m. at the Westshore Oceanfront Motel. Police surrounded Boysen Tuesday night, and he was found in a motel room suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds. He was taken away from the motel in an ambulance and later flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

He is in critical condition.

A clerk at the motel alerted police to Boysen’s presence Tuesday morning after he checked into Monday night — he used his real name and driver’s license when checking in.

 

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Local News
03/12/13

Oregon police nab Washington man suspected of killing his grandparents

KPTVLINCOLN CITY, Ore. — Police arrested Michael “Chadd” Boysen, suspected of killing his grandparents, Tuesday in Lincoln City, Ore., following a day-long standoff.

Officers took Boysen, 26, into custody around 7 p.m. at the Westshore Oceanfront Motel. Police surrounded Boysen Tuesday night, and he was found in a motel room suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds. He was taken away from the motel in an ambulance and later flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

He is in critical condition.

A clerk at the motel alerted police to Boysen’s presence Tuesday morning after he checked into Monday night — he used his real name and driver’s license when checking in.

Boysen is suspected in killing his grandparents following a “Welcome Home from Prison” party they threw him at their Renton, Wash. home.

According to the Seattle Times, no shots were fired and police entered the room when a video-equipped robot saw recorded Boysen falling to the floor. Police had released tear gas into the motel at least four times during the standoff.

Police were thankful the standoff occurred during a normally quite time of the year for Lincoln City tourism.

“I’m glad everyone’s out of danger because everyone did get out of the place,” Gretchen Rider, a motel guest, said.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart talked about Chadd Boysen, a suspect in his grandparents’ killings in Renton.

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