Washington man awaits extradition

Doug Esser / The Associated Press /

SEATTLE — The mother of a man suspected of killing his grandparents says her parents always “saw the good” in Michael Chadd Boysen and were like “second parents” to him.

Although Boysen, 26, had spent time in prison for burglary and robberies related to a drug addiction, Melanie Taylor said he “never threatened the family and the family never felt threatened by him.”

Taylor’s comments, made to King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West, were released Thursday. The family has requested privacy.

Robert Taylor, 82, and Norma Taylor, 80, were strangled last Saturday in their Renton, Wash., home. They had hosted a family welcome home party for Boysen the night before, after his release from prison.

Boysen was arrested Tuesday after a daylong standoff at a motel in Lincoln City. He’s in serious condition and conscious at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, West said Thursday.

The elderly couple had picked Boysen up last Friday from prison. They spent about six hours that day driving him on errands to get things he needed to start a six-month drug treatment program, Melanie Taylor said.

The King County prosecutor’s office is working on charges, but spokesman Dan Donohoe could not say when they’ll be filed. Boysen could be returned to Washington in a matter of days. It could take weeks if he fights extradition, Donohoe said.

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