Woman dismembered in home, body parts dumped - authorities
13 April 2016, 13:18
Seattle – A man dismembered a nurse and mother of three in her
suburban home then drove her head and other remains to Seattle, where they were
found in garbage bags in a recycling bin, authorities said on Tuesday.
The disclosure came as a King County judge ordered the suspect in
the case, John Robert Charlton, held on $2m bail and prosecutors said he could
face a second-degree murder charge.
Charlton has a criminal history. His parents had sought a
restraining order against him in 2006, saying he had taken the movie
"Hannibal" – about a serial killer – from a shelf and told his mother
she should watch it and "beware."
Charlton, 37, was arrested on Monday after police said remains
believed to be those of Ingrid Lyne of Renton were found over the weekend in a
homeowner's recycling bin. A head, arm with a hand, lower leg and foot were
recovered, court documents state.
Lyne, 40, was reported missing on Saturday. The coroner's office
was working to confirm the remains were hers.
Her family released a statement on Tuesday, saying their hearts
are broken and can never be fully mended.
"This weekend, a light went out of our lives forever. Ingrid,
beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend was taken from us for reasons we
still cannot comprehend," the statement said.
Lyne had planned to go on a date to a Mariners baseball game on Friday
night, friends said. A neighbour told detectives she had been dating a man
Charlton told police he went to the baseball game with Lyne and
returned to her home that night but was so intoxicated he couldn't recall what
happened. He said he had been dating Lyne for about a month.
Seattle police detectives searched Lyne's suburban home Sunday and
found a 15-inch pruning saw near the bathtub, an empty box of plastic garbage
bags identical to the type containing the body parts, and collected swabs of
suspected blood, according to court documents.
Jennifer Worley, a King County prosecutor, said investigators
found bits of human flesh and blood in the bathtub near the saw.
Police said Charlton had abrasions on his forehead and hand,
injuries to his lip and chin, and scratches on his chest.
Gordon Hill, Charlton's public defender, said at a court appearance
on Tuesday, where the judge instructed media not to show Charlton's face, that
no forensic evidence had linked any particular person to the crime.
Hill also said no time of death was established in the
certification of probable cause that overlaps with time Charlton was with Lyne.
In a 2006 filing for a restraining order in Thurston County
Superior Court, south of Seattle, Charlton's parents said he had tried to
provoke a fight with them while he was drunk and abusive.
Ray and JoAnn Charlton said he had told them "life was
putting too much pressure on him" and he felt he was becoming mentally
The restraining order was later dismissed at the parents' request.
John Charlton was convicted that same year of aggravated robbery
in Utah. He was also convicted of a 2009 felony theft in Montana and negligent
driving in Washington state in 1998.
Charlton told police he spent Saturday and Sunday night at the
Lake Stevens, Washington, home of a former girlfriend.