Prosecutor to seek death penalty against man charged with grandparents' murders

Prosecutor to seek death penalty against man charged with grandparents' murders

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The state of Arkansas will seek the death penalty for the man charged with killing his grandparents.

Nicholaus David Patterson, 25, of Pocahontas appeared in Randolph County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce formally charged Patterson with two counts of capital murder.

Boyce said the state would seek the death penalty in this murder case.

Patterson is accused of killing his grandparents, Ricky and Rita Bozwell, on July 10 at their home in Pocahontas.

Three days later, Patterson's mother reported her parents missing to local police. On July 14, according to Boyce, their bodies were discovered in their home on Sue Lane near Pocahontas.

"The bodies were found in a state of advanced decomposition and were sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy," a news release from Boyce's office said. "The younger Patterson was questioned regarding his knowledge of the murders and he confessed to the killings on that same day."

Patterson's attorney, Chris Nebben, entered a plea of not guilty on Patterson's behalf during a court appearance on Tuesday.

Judge Harold S. Erwin set Patterson's trial for November 5, 2019.

Patterson remains in the Randolph County Detention Center and his being held without bond.

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