John Charlton, a 37-year-old day laborer, was charged with
first-degree murder in the killing of Ingrid Lyne, 40, according to
"The tragic murder of Ingrid Lyne has left a family and community in
a spiral of grief and anguish," King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan
Satterberg said in a statement. "We may never understand why she was
Lyne's body parts, including her head, arm and leg, were found on
Saturday in trash bags left inside a recycling bin of a home, a day
after she had gone on a date with Charlton to a Seattle Mariners
baseball game, police said in court documents.
Police, who searched Lyne's home on Sunday, found swabs of blood and
a 15-inch pruning saw in the bathroom.
A public defender for Charlton could not be reached for comment.
In an interview with detectives, Charlton said he was too drunk to
remember much of what happened after he and Lyne returned to her
home after the baseball game on Friday night, and that Lyne
eventually drove him to Seattle, according to court documents.
Charlton also told police the pair had been in a relationship for
about a month after meeting on a dating site.
Detectives noted cuts on Charlton's forehead, according to the
document, though he denied having any injuries.
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Charlton was arrested on Monday in Lake Stevens, about an hour's
drive north of Seattle. He is being held on $2 million bail and is
due to be arraigned on April 27, Satterberg said. Charlton was also
charged with theft of Lyne's car, found in downtown Seattle on
If convicted as charged, he faces 21 years to nearly 28 years in
On Tuesday night, dozens of family and friends of Lyne gathered at a
church and lit candles to honor her memory, broadcaster Q13
reported, in a case that has made national headlines.
"Those three beautiful Lyne girls (ages 12, 10 and 7), they have to
live with it, and it's going to be really hard in the coming months,
coming days, coming weeks, coming years," family friend Jim Morrell
said, according to Q13.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Eric M. Johnson in
Seattle; Editing by Sara Catania, Jeffrey Benkoe and Nick Macfie)
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