Accused trick-or-treat killer weeps in court

Duane Abbott accused of killing Cadence Boyer with his car in Vancouver

Duane Abbot, accused of killing a trick-or-treater as she walked down a Vancouver street, made his first court appearance in Clark County, Nov. 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Duane Abbot, accused of killing a trick-or-treater as she walked down a Vancouver street, made his first court appearance in Clark County, Nov. 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Handcuffed and wearing a suicide prevention vest, Duane Abbot made his first court appearance on charges he ran over two trick-or treaters and two adults Friday night, killing one.

Cadence Boyer in an undated photo provided by a family friend to KOIN 6 News, Nov. 1, 2014
Cadence Boyer in an undated photo provided by a family friend to KOIN 6 News, Nov. 1, 2014

Abbott, 47, admitted he smoked marijuana less than two hours before the crash that killed 7-year-old Cadence Boyer, court documents said.

He was arrested at the scene, then booked into jail after he was released from the hospital late Monday afternoon.

Abbott dropped his head and wept as he heard the charges against him for the first time.

Court documents said Abbott admitted he smoked 2 to 3 grams of pot daily and smoked a joint less than two hours before he lost control of his car, jumped a curb and hit Boyer, her mother Annie Arnold, another woman named Chelina Alsteen and a 6-year-old girl.

Grandparents Kevin and Cathy Boyer paused outside the courtroom for an emotional embrace. Inside the courtroom, they held up a picture of their granddaughter, hoping Abbott would see the little girl he’s accused of killing.

“I want him to see the photo. I want him to see what he’s done,” Kevin Boyer said. “He took our little princess away, what he’s done to our family. He’s destroyed it.”

Family friend Michelle Myers said, “My heart has been hurting ever since. I haven’t cried. I know my husband has.”

Judge Robert Lewis set Abbott’s bail at $750,000. He now has a court-appointed attorney, and his next appearance is November 14.

The Boyer family is planning a roadside vigil where Cadence died, at the intersection of NE 112th and 39th, to begin at sunset Friday.

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