TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Clifford Boisselle, 34, will be arraigned on the charge of murder in the first degree. In August, Boisselle shot Brandon Shane Zomalt, 30, to death in a South Hill home. He later disposed of evidence in Auburn. Boisselle was charged in September, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives took Boisselle into custody yesterday at a South Hill home. He is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in room 270 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.
“Detectives stayed on top of this case and persisted until the defendant was in custody,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
On Aug. 13, 2014, an off-duty federal agent noticed a fire on the side of Peasley Canyon Road in Auburn. He extinguished the fire and discovered it was fueled by bloodied carpet, clothing and towels. Boisselle was standing near the fire and fled in a dark SUV when he saw the agent. Samples of the blood were sent to the Washington State Patrol’s crime lab, where DNA analysis identified the blood as belonging to Zomalt. Friends and family had not seen or heard from Zomalt for weeks.
On Sept. 1, Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a South Hill home to perform a welfare check. In the garage, they found Zomalt’s severely decomposed body. Flooring missing from the home matched the flooring that was found burning in Auburn. Detectives determined the home was rented by Boisselle, and Zomalt had been temporarily staying there.
Boisselle told witnesses that he shot Zomalt because he was frustrated with him and didn’t want him to stay at his home any longer. Boisselle told his mother that he needed to get out of the area immediately and that she would not hear from him again.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner determined Zomalt died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and head.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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