No death penalty for man charged with killing his grandparents

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

A man charged with killing his grandparents hours after they picked him up from prison and planned a welcome home gathering will not get the death penalty.

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg announced Friday he will not file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the aggravated murder prosecution of Michael Chadd Boysen.

His grandparents, Norma and Robert Taylor, were killed last March in their home near Renton. Boysen, 27, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree.

When deciding whether to file written notice of a special sentencing proceeding to determine whether or not the death penalty should be imposed, state law requires that the prosecutor review an aggravated murder case and determine whether there is reason to believe that there are not sufficient mitigating circumstances to merit leniency.

“This decision included an extensive review of the case and consultation with the victims’ family,” Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Satterberg said in a statement. “If convicted as charged, the only other sentence for aggravated murder is life in prison without the possibility of release.”

Boysen is scheduled for trial on January 27 before Judge Douglass North at the King County Courthouse.

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