Crime

South Hill man pleads not guilty to killing roommate

A man on the run since summer for allegedly killing his housemate in South Hill and then attempting to burn evidence alongside a road in Auburn pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder.

Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Michael Boisselle, 34, jailed in lieu of $1 million bail. Sheriff’s detectives tracked down and arrested Boisselle on Friday.

Prosecutors contend Boisselle shot Brandon Zomalt, 30, to death in August and then set fire to bloody carpeting and kitchen flooring along Peasley Canyon Road in an effort to destroy evidence. The blaze was spotted by an off-duty federal agent who was driving by. He stopped to extinguish the flames and saw an SUV leaving the scene, court records show.

Investigators traced that SUV to Boisselle’s mother, who told them her son occasionally borrowed her car, court records show.

Sheriff’s detectives then found Zomalt’s body at a house he shared with Boisselle. People who know the defendant said he’d been complaining about Zomalt and wanted the man to leave the home, court records show.

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