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'I know I'm a killer but I don't feel like a murderer,' he told police after cousin died

Puyallup man accused of killing cousin appears in court

Robert Moore Reynolds appears in Pierce County Superior Court for arraignment accusing him of first-degree murder for the March 25 shooting death of his cousin in South Hill.
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Robert Moore Reynolds appears in Pierce County Superior Court for arraignment accusing him of first-degree murder for the March 25 shooting death of his cousin in South Hill.

Convinced the devil was taking over his cousin’s body, Robert Reynolds shot him 11 times.

Investigators believe the oil-infused marijuana joint the two men smoked with a friend shortly before the shooting Sunday at a South Hill home contributed to the death of 23-year-old Samuel Boren.

On Tuesday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Reynolds, 27, with first-degree murder. Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $2 million.

Court records did not list an attorney for Reynolds.

Charging papers give this account:

Reynolds, Boren and the friend smoked the joint, wrestled in the backyard and went to the bathroom to wash off their feet.

The cousins argued in the bathroom, and the dispute escalated after the trio went downstairs and Reynolds picked up a pistol.

“Reynolds told the witness to get behind him because he was not safe, as Boren was here to hurt one of them,” according to the documents.

Frightened, the friend did as he was told.

Reynolds told his cousin to get on the ground and Boren got on his knees. Suddenly he rushed Reynolds, who fired several shots at his cousin.

The men grappled for the gun, moving throughout the house. More shots were fired. The friend tried to run for the front door, but was called back by Reynolds.

Boren, who was bleeding profusely, asked the men to take him to the hospital. When he took a step, Reynolds emptied the gun into him.

Reynolds then asked the friend to sit on the couch and hold hands until they calmed down. Reynolds eventually called his father, then 911.

It had been two hours since Boren was shot.

While they waited for sheriff's deputies to arrive, Reynolds moved Boren’s body into the laundry room.

Boren later was pronounced dead at the scene.

As Reynolds was being arrested, he allegedly told deputies, “I know I’m a killer, but I don’t feel like a murderer.”

The friend told investigators Boren did not threaten either man but Reynolds kept talking about the devil “trying to possess Boren’s body,” the court records state.

Reynolds told detectives his cousin was looking strangely at their friend and he was trying to protect him. He also talked about pistol-whipping Boren.

“I’ve been trained in self-defense,” he said, according to court documents. “And Sam was not. And so I do feel from a survivalist standpoint that I had obviously an extreme advantage over him.”

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Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell
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