Man accused of murdering his grandparents pleads not guilty

SEATTLE -- A man accused of killing his grandparents at their Renton home on the night his family celebrated his return from prison pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree aggravated murder, which carries the state's ultimate penalty.

The room was packed as 26-year-old Michael Boysen walked into court in a white jumpsuit, which signifies his elevated threat level.

Robert R. Taylor, 82, and Norma J. Taylor, 80, were strangled in their Renton home on March 8. They had hosted a family welcome home party for Boysen the night before, after his release from prison in Monroe, charging documents said.

Boysen was arrested March 12 after a 10-hour standoff at Lincoln City, Ore., motel where the manager recognized him from news reports. He walked into the courthouse on Thursday with a limp, but his attorney, Jim Conroy, said Boysen's health is good

If convicted as charged, he would face life in prison or the death penalty, which Conroy will work hard to avoid.

"I think it's wrong for a number of different reasons and I hope the state does not seek the death penalty in this case," Conroy said.

The prosecutor has 30 days to decide if he will seek the death penalty.