COPY-Mo. man faces death penalty in 2 couples' deaths

DONIPHAN, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old southeast Missouri man will face the death penalty for his alleged role in the 2010 deaths of 2 elderly couples whose bodies were found in their burned homes.

Assistant attorney general Kevin Zoellner said during a hearing Monday that prosecutors would seek the death penalty against Keith A. Boyles.

Boyles is charged with four counts each of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

He is charged in the deaths of 80-year-old Irene (PEYE'-at) and 77-year-old Loyd Piatt of rural Doniphan. He was also charged with killing 81-year-old Edgar Atkinson and 69-year-old Bonnie Chase in Current View.

The Southeast Missourian reports ( ) the judge also ruled the jury for the trial will be selected from Ste. Genevieve County and the case will be heard in Butler County.

Information from: Southeast Missourian,

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