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 (http://bit.ly/PCq3q6 ) 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, http://www.semissourian.com