Dismembered Mom's Date Claims He Blacked Out

Cops found a pruning saw in her bathroom
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2016 4:21 AM CDT
Updated Apr 13, 2016 5:40 AM CDT
Dismembered Nurse's Date Claims He Blacked Out
John Charlton appears in court at the King County Jail Courtroom in Seattle on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.    (Grant Hindsley/seattlepi.com via AP)

More details are emerging in the disturbing murder of Ingrid Lyne—and they're not coming from her alleged killer. Prosecutors believe that suspect John Charlton murdered and dismembered the nurse in her Renton, Wash., home after they had been on a date last Friday and then drove her vehicle to Seattle, where he dumped her body parts in the recycling bin of a homeowner with no connection to the case, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Charlton, who is being held on suspicion of murder, told police that he had been dating Lyne for around a month, NBC reports. He has admitted they went out together on Friday night, but says he got blackout drunk and slept on a sidewalk after Lyne drove him to Seattle. When he was arrested Monday, police noticed bruises on his forehead and injuries to his face, chest, and left hand.

According to court documents seen by the Seattle Times, Lyne's ex-husband called her mother after he went to drop their three daughters off and discovered she wasn't home. The mother contacted Charlton after discovering his number on Lyne's phone, and he claimed he thought she was with her kids. Investigators found a 15-inch pruning saw along with blood and bits of flesh in Lyne's bathroom, according to court documents. They also found a near-empty of box of trash bags identical to the ones the body parts were wrapped in. Investigators say Charlton, 37, has an extensive criminal history in several states, including a 2006 carjacking in Utah, for which he served 21 months in prison. CBS reports that police say they are now investigating whether the suspect, who met Lyne online, could be linked to other murders. (Read more missing person stories.)

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