Early Morning Tragedy in Lake Charles: Woman Escapes Domestic Attack as Boyfriend Allegedly Commits Murder

By Calcasieu Staff
Published January 02, 2024

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Lake Charles, Louisiana – At around 4:30 a.m. on January 1, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were informed about a woman who had been spotted at a local hospital with severe injuries. According to the woman, her boyfriend, Derik K. Rayborn, 47 years old from Lake Charles, Louisiana had killed her son and their dog at their home on Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles. She managed to escape and seek medical help. Deputies found the woman’s son, Eric Bosley, 26 years old from Lake Charles, and their dog dead in the house from apparent gunshot wounds when they arrived at the scene.

Further investigation revealed that Rayborn was responsible for the woman’s injuries as well. Deputies later located Rayborn at the hospital as he was trying to find the woman. After questioning by detectives, he was arrested and taken to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Rayborn faces charges including 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; domestic abuse serious bodily injury; aggravated cruelty to animals; interfering with emergency communication; possession or carrying of a firearm by a person convicted of certain felonies; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence. His bond has been set at $2,375,000 by Judge Clayton Davis.

The woman remains hospitalized with serious injuries while further investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death by the coroner.

The investigation is still in progress, and the cause of death will be determined by the coroner.

Detective Tyler Houston from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes unit is leading the investigation.

This is an update to Lake Charles Early Morning Disturbance Leaves Man and Dog Dead, Investigation Ongoing by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.