Scott Dallas Boyer was arraigned Tuesday on suspicion of his mother’s murder, days after a fight with family members at the Natomas home he and his mother shared led police to find her body in the backyard.
The afternoon hearing before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman lasted just minutes, enough time to assign the 41-year-old Boyer an attorney, confirm that the woman found dead Aug. 13 was Rosanne Brown and to charge her son with her killing. Sacramento County prosecutors filed a one-page complaint charging Boyer with a single count of murder.
Sacramento County coroner’s officials Tuesday had not determined what caused Brown’s death.
Diane Howard, a supervising attorney in the county Public Defender’s Office, represented Boyer. His next court date is Tuesday.
Boyer remains held without bail at the Sacramento County jail. His arrest Friday on suspicion of Brown’s murder came after years of loud arguments and intense disputes at the home on Trail End Way, such a disturbingly common occurrence that one neighbor told The Sacramento Bee last week that police often were called to restore calm.
Steve Gutierrez called police for the last time Thursday. He called Boyer’s family earlier, worried that he had not seen Brown in days. Brown’s car sat untouched and gathering dust, he told The Bee. Gutierrez said a violent confrontation erupted between members of Boyer’s family and Boyer after they arrived to check on Brown. Gutierrez called 911 and police arrived minutes later. Officers eventually found Brown’s body buried in the backyard.