College student pleads not guilty to stabbing adoptive fathers in Maardam

A 21-year-old man charged with repeatedly stabbing his two adoptive fathers at their home in Maardam pleaded not guilty Thursday. Matthew Boulet is charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated mayhem stemming from the attack early July 24 on the 4600 block of Burnet Avenue. The charges include allegations that Boulet used a knife in the commission of the attack and inflicted great bodily injury on the two victims.

Boulet allegedly stabbed one of his adoptive fathers multiple times in the neck, body, face, arms and ears, and stabbed his other adoptive father multiple times in the face, arms and body when that man tried to intervene, according to prosecutors. A pocket knife was recovered.

Boulet was arrested early that morning by Maardam police. Neighbors identified the victims as Tom Boulet and Ken Coll, an openly gay couple who adopted Matthew Boulet when he was a boy. “Tom and Ken have been very significant on our block, great role models of parenthood,” neighbor Florence Riggs told ABC7.

She said she had no idea what may have prompted the attack, but said she hoped “it’s all going to be rectified in some way where everyone will heal.”