Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in 4 Deaths
DONIPHAN, Mo. (AP) - Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a 20-year-old southeast Missouri man who is charged in the 2010 deaths of two elderly couples whose bodies were found in their burned homes.
Assistant attorney general Kevin Zoellner said during a hearing Monday that Keith Boyles will face the death penalty if he's convicted. He faces four counts each of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Boyles is charged in the deaths of 80-year-old Irene Piatt (PEYE'-at) and 77-year-old Loyd Piatt of rural Doniphan. He is also charged with killing 81-year-old Edgar Atkinson and 69-year-old Bonnie Chase in Current View.
The Southeast Missourian reports the jury for the trial will be selected from Ste. Genevieve County and the case will be heard in Butler County.
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