Boisseau case waits until judge's return

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The absence of the county's General Sessions judge this week means that a man charged with arson and attempted murder won't have his second appearance until next month.

Roger Eugene Boisseau, 37, made a brief appearance in court Wednesday, but had his next date set for Oct. 12. Judge Charles Rich has been attending a judicial conference this week, so all case on his docket have been rescheduled.

Boisseau is charged with attempted first degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of aggravated domestic assault, attempted arson, and aggravated vandalism. He is represented by attorney John Norton and is free on $155,500 bond.

Local law enforcement had conducted a large search on June 24 for Boisseau and Leslie Deal, who share a mobile home on Fairfield Pike, after authorities received a call that Boisseau had threatened Deal.

According to Sheriff Randall Boyce, Deal's sister said that Boisseau threw gas on her and threatened to kill her. "Then he poured gas throughout the house, then they ran out of the house," Boyce told the T-G.

A search eventually involved Bedford and Rutherford County deputies with a bloodhound, as well as a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter.

The search for the pair went on for several hours until Deputy Benjamin Burris contacted Deal on her cell phone, who told the officer they were lost. At one point, Boisseau had allegedly cut off his phone, but had turned it back on and made at least one call.

The couple eventually came to a driveway and gave Burris a license number of a truck parked on Fairfield Pike about a half-mile north of the couple's home, which led authorities to them.

-- T-G copy editor David Melson contributed to this report.