Crime

South Hill-area man charged in killing of unwanted house guest

A South Hill-area man charged with killing an unwanted house guest and burning the evidence along an Auburn road was arrested Friday.

A warrant was issued in September for Michael C. Boisselle, 34, but investigators had trouble finding him. It could not be determined Friday where Pierce County sheriff’s detectives had found him.

Boisselle will be arraigned next week on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Brandon Zomalt, 30.

The case started Aug. 13 when an off-duty federal agent stopped to extinguish a fire along Peasley Canyon Road in Auburn. The agent saw a man fleeing in a dark SUV.

Found in the fire was bloody carpet, a bullet and a section of kitchen flooring.

Blood analysis led detectives to a South Hill address, where Zomalt’s decomposed body was found. He’d been shot several times in the face and chest.

Investigators traced the fleeing SUV to Boisselle’s mother, who said her son sometimes drove her car. Boisselle allegedly told his mother he needed to leave the area but wouldn’t say where he was going.

People who knew Boisselle said he was tired of Zomalt staying with him and wanted him to leave, according to charging papers.

Boisselle has prior convictions for third-degree child molestation and fourth-degree assault.

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