New trial begins for man accused of killing Springfield mother

Robert Boyd's conviction was thrown out by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2016.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017 7:33 PM
Updated: Dec. 8, 2017 11:28 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A new trial has started for a man accused of beating a teenage mother to death in Springfield after his first conviction was thrown out.

Robert Boyd is facing a jury this time, unlike during his 2012 trial when he waived that right.

Prosecutors said Robert Boyd killed Allyson Archibald, 18, in November 2010. Her body was found on a sidewalk. Police said Boyd was her ex-boyfriend and it started as a domestic dispute.

Boyd’s first trial started in February 2012, and he was found guilty of murder.

Archibald’s family and friends packed the courtroom to listen to the verdict. They told KEZI at the time that this was the decision they’d been waiting for.

Boyd was sentenced to life in prison in March 2012, but he appealed his conviction all the way up to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Last year, the court ruled police wrongfully interrogated Boyd after his arrest, and that statements he made shouldn’t have been used at trial.

His conviction was thrown out, but the Lane County District Attorney’s Office wanted to put him back on trial.

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