Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Robert M. Reynolds, 27, with one count of murder in the first degree. Following an argument, Reynolds allegedly shot and killed his cousin, Sam Boren, 24, at a Puyallup home Sunday night.
Reynolds told police, “I know I’m a killer, but I don’t feel like a murderer.”
Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the home on 97th Avenue Court East in Puyallup regarding a shooting. Reynolds and a witness that was present at the time of the shooting were detained and questioned.
The witness told detectives that he, Reynolds, and Boren smoked a joint together and were grappling in the back yard. Once they finished grappling, they went into the bathroom to wash their feet. Reynolds and Boren got into an argument in the bathroom.
The witness said he attempted to calm Reynolds and Boren, and they eventually made their way downstairs. Reynolds grabbed a pistol, however, and tension began to increase.
Reynolds told the witness to get behind him because the witness was not safe, as Boren was here to hurt one of them. Reynolds then told Boren to get on his knees, and Boren ran at Reynolds who opened fire.
After the initial shots, which only wounded Boden, the men started to fight again. The witness ran for the door, as there were more gunshots.
After the gunshots stopped, the witness came back inside. He saw that Boren was bleeding, but still alive. Boren said he needed to get to a hospital. He got up, and moved towards them. Reynolds then unloaded the magazine into Boren.
Reynolds told detectives, “I’m pretty sure I put over eight shots in his head.”
According to the witness, Reynolds claimed that the devil was trying to possess Boren’s body.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.