Homicide victim's sister released after courtroom ruckus

Homicide victim's sister released after courtroom ruckus Photo: MGN.

Updated: January 14, 2020 12:51 PM
Created: January 14, 2020 09:12 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Just before a court hearing for the suspect in a recent Rochester homicide, there was an incident just outside the courtroom that ended with one woman getting arrested but is not facing any criminal charges. 

According to Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns, about 20-25 friends and family members of homicide victim Trevor Boysen showed up to court Monday morning for the arraignment hearing of 18-year-old Robert Salley, Jr., the suspect in the case who is charged with 2nd-degree murder. 


Capt. Behrns said the friends and family were wearing nametags that had Trevor's name on them. Capt. Behrns said that is considered a "sign" and isn't allowed in court. 

A deputy asked the people to take the nametags off. Most of them did, but Capt. Behrns said one man refused and chose to leave the courtroom instead. 

Outside the courtroom was another family member; 20-year-old Desiree Boysen of Florida. Capt. Behrns said Desiree, who is Trevor's sister, started yelling on the fifth-floor lobby. 

Capt. Behrns said Desiree was "out of control" and was asked to leave the government center. He said Desiree began fighting with people including her mother who was apparently trying to get Desiree to leave. 

At that point, several other family members came into the lobby and Capt. Behrns described the scene as chaotic. When Capt. Behrns got to the fifth floor, he said a 19-year-old man tried to push past him to get to the fight. 

Desiree was eventually taken to the ground and was arrested. She was pending charges of obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct. Tuesday, the attorney's office declined to formally charge Boysen and she was released. 

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, their office was "informed [Tuesday] morning that the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office has, at this time, declined to file formal criminal charges against Desiree Boysen “as an exercise in discretion”.  This may be re-visited if Desiree Boysen is involved in any further incidents during the court proceedings relating to the murder of her brother.  Additionally, in the interest of fairness, the 19-year-old male that was also detained during the disturbance will not face any criminal charges pending the fact that he also follows also courtroom rules and is not involved in any future incidents in Olmsted District Court."

Capt. Behrns said, "I have never lost a family member to homicide so I don't know what that feels like, but I know things are very emotional. But we can't have behavior like that in court. We won't tolerate it." 

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