Murder charges filed in Kent County double homicide

Posted at 11:24 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 16:36:57-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Kent County Sheriff's office confirms charges are being filed for 33-year-old Nathan Board in the death of both his mother and father in-law, Patty and Theodore Syrek.

Pending charges include two counts of open murder, and two counts of felony murder. Board is scheduled for arraignment at the 63rd district court Friday afternoon.

The Syrek's were found dead in their Bowne Township home on Tuesday by authorities who were called to do a well-being check. The medical examiner's office ruled their deaths to be a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Board was taken into custody on September 5.

Sarah Board called police to do a check of well-being for her parents. She had not heard from them since August 27. Sarah requested a check of well-being on September 4th.

Probable cause affidavits for the four charges reveal new details in the case.

In those documents, Sarah Board, Nathan Board's wife, says they were in the process of getting a divorce. She says Nathan was not handling that news well, and has previously been medicated for bi-polar disorder.

Nathan told detectives that he had not been taking his medication, according to the affidavit. He describes the last week as a "blur" and admitted to detectives he remembers killing the Syrek's.

He says he remembers sneaking up into their bedroom and using a blunt object to hit them in the head repeatedly. The documents go on to say Nathan says he knew the couple was dead after he left the house.

The judge determined Nathan Board will not be able to receive bond due to the severity of the crimes he is alleged to have done. His next court date is September 19, at 9:30 a.m.