Grandson arraigned for murder of former residents |

Grandson arraigned for murder of former residents

Robert Stern

Ryan Kanawyer was arraigned Monday on murder charges of his grandparents and former South Lake Tahoe residents, Peter and Marilyn Boyes.

Kanawyer, 20, allegedly shot both his grandparents at their home in Rancho Murieta outside of Sacramento.

He was charged with two counts of murder, one count of burglary and one count of robbery, said Robin Shakely, assistant deputy district attorney for Sacramento.

If Kanawyer is found guilty, he could face the death penalty or life without parole. He is in custody and no bail has been set due to the severity of his crime. The trial date has not yet been set.

On Jan. 29 at 8:20 p.m., Kanawyer allegedly kicked in the back door of grandparents’ house and entered armed with a shotgun.

Investigators said Kanawyer confronted his grandfather Peter Boyes and shot him in the head, leaving his body on the stairs. When his grandmother came out of the bedroom he shot her in the head. The bodies were discovered at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night by a furniture delivery man, who was delivering new furniture to the home.

Peter Boyes was the El Dorado County Airport director in the late 1970s. Marilyn Boyes reportedly was a former member of the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League.

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