PAYETTE COUNTY – The Payette County coroner says a 60-year-old woman found dead in her home near Fruitland Sunday morning had been shot four times.
The Payette County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that 18-year-old Tyler Naughton has been charged with second-degree murder. He is the grandson of the victim, Sherryl M. Kenney.
Naughton was arrested by Adams County deputies Sunday night after an extensive backcountry search. He is also charged with stealing a 2006 Ford pickup truck, which belongs to his grandparents. Payette County Sheriff Chad Huff says Naughton was living with the couple.
Huff is not saying anything about a motive at this point, other than this is a fluid investigation and it's still moving forward.
Once the judge signed the arrest warrant, deputies from Payette County went to Adams County to get Naughton from the jail there and return him to Payette County to face murder and grand theft charges.
Sherryl Kenney was found dead in her home near Fruitland around 7 a.m. Sunday. Payette County Coroner Keith Schuller says an autopsy determined that the victim had been shot four times, likely by a .22-caliber rifle. The murder weapon has not been recovered.
Schuller says Kenney's husband Michael was not home when the shooting occurred, he was working the night shift at his job.
Naughton will be arraigned in court on Wednesday. His bond has been set at $500,000.