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Charges Filed in Murder of Renton Woman


State v. John R. Charlton


Charges Filed in Murder of Renton Woman: A charge of Murder in the First Degree was filed this afternoon against John R. Charlton, 37, who is accused in the murder of Ingrid Lyne, 40, whose partial remains were found in a recycling bin in Seattle’s Central District on Saturday. The defendant allegedly killed the victim, dismembered her body and drove to Seattle where her remains were discarded. Charlton is also charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle for taking Lyne’s automobile, which was found in downtown Seattle on Monday night. If convicted as charged, the defendant could face a sentence range of at least 21 to nearly 28 years in prison.

“The tragic murder of Ingrid Lyne has left a family and community in a spiral of grief and anguish,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg.  “We may never understand why she was killed,” he said, “but the police and prosecutors working on this case have done a tremendous job of piecing together a solid case against the person we believe to be responsible for her death.”

The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. With today’s filing of charges, a second court appearance which was scheduled for Thursday will be cancelled. The defendant will return to court for arraignment on April 27 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.

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