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Murder charges filed in Renton woman's dismemberment

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer 15/04/2016 By LYNSI BURTON, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
Ingrid Lyne. A gofundme page has raised more than $122,000 for the care of Lyne's three children. © Facebook/Ingrid Rounsaville Lyne Ingrid Lyne. A gofundme page has raised more than $122,000 for the care of Lyne's three children.

A 37-year-old man now charged with killing and dismembering a Renton nurse and mother of three admits he is "not a normal person."

Court documents used to charge John Robert Charlton in the death of Ingrid Lyne also say he had a reputation of being "a mean drunk." Charlton admits he has a drinking problem.

He once also so frightened his own parents that they sought court protection from him.

John Robert Charlton is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Lyne at her home Friday night or early Saturday morning after they attended a Mariners game together, cutting apart her body and driving her remains to Seattle to drop them off. A Central District resident found parts of Lyne's body in his recycling bin Saturday afternoon.

The two had been dating for a month or two after meeting online, records indicate.

Charlton is also charged with vehicle theft for taking Lyne's vehicle, which was found in downtown Seattle Monday night. He is believed to have used her SUV to transport her remains.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Wednesday that the remains recovered in the Central District belonged to Lyne. They report that she died of "homicidal violence," but could not pin down the date she died.

John Robert Charlton appears in court for the first time after being arrested on probable cause for murder in the second degree of Ingrid Lyne of Renton at the King County Jail Courtroom in Seattle. © GRANT HINDSLEY, SEATTLEPI.COM John Robert Charlton appears in court for the first time after being arrested on probable cause for murder in the second degree of Ingrid Lyne of Renton at the King County Jail Courtroom in Seattle.

Charlton remains held in King County Jail on $2 million bail. If convicted, he could face 21 to almost 28 years in prison.

His criminal record spans six states and includes a Montana felony theft conviction and attempted aggravated robbery in Utah. His parents at one point petitioned for a restraining order against him in 2006 while living in Yelm, Wash. before later requesting a dismissal.

Lyne was a nurse in Seattle and the mother of three girls, ages 12, 10 and 7.

The investigation began at 4:19 p.m. Saturday when a Central District resident called police to report what appeared to be human remains in his recycling bin. A head, arm with a hand, lower leg and foot were recovered among three plastic bags, court documents state. Police responded to the home, located in the 1600 block of 21st Avenue, and collected the body parts.

Six hours later, Seattle police learned Lyne had been reported missing that morning to Renton police.

Lyne was found to be missing when her ex-husband arrived at her home Saturday morning, according to their plan, to return their kids, court documents say. Her Toyota Highlander was not in the driveway and she did not answer her phone. The ex-husband called Lyne's mother, who arrived with a key to the house and walked inside. Lyne was not home, but her purse, phone and tablet were inside, according to probable cause reports. Her mother called police.

Lyne's neighbor told detectives she had been dating a man named John and that she knew Lyne was attending Friday's Mariners game with him.

Lyne's mother texted Charlton after recovering his number from Lyne's phone. He responded that they went to the Mariners game Friday night but did not spend the night together because she knew she had custody of her daughters Saturday.

However, he did not respond to texts asking what time he saw Lyne last.

When Seattle detectives learned about Lyne going missing from Renton, they verified her identity by comparing photos of her with the head they recovered, which showed no signs of decomposition, court records say.

Detectives searched Lyne's home about 1 a.m. Sunday to find suspected blood and a nearly empty box of plastic bags matching those found in the Central District recycling bin, according to the probable cause.

In the bathroom, they found a 15-inch pruning saw near the tub. Monday night, CSI detectives returned to Lyne's home and removed the plumbing beneath the bathtub to find blood and flesh.

After police arrested Charlton early Monday at an ex-girlfriend's residence in Lake Stevens, he reported he had been dating Lyne for about a month, probable cause reports say. He admitted they went to the Mariners game and then to a bar where his sister worked. Charlton said they returned home in her vehicle Friday night, though he claimed he was so drunk that he couldn't recall the trip home, nor what happened when they got there.

He then said he ended up back in Seattle, supposedly given a ride there by Lyne, and slept on the sidewalk.

Detectives observed bruises on his forehead, and other injuries on his lip, chin, chest and left hand.

Charlton told police he was homeless, had a drinking problem and was "not a normal person." Court documents say "he expressed annoyance that he was asked questions about him" and that he "failed to contact police about the disappearance because he had been concerned or offended by texts he had received from (Lyne's) friends and family."

The 2006 protection order petition filed by Charlton's parents in Thurston County claimed he would grow angry and aggressive while drunk or on drugs. He would verbally harass his parents and, on one occasion, grabbed a copy of the movie "Hannibal," about a serial killer and cannibal, and told his mother to watch it and "beware." His parents feared Charlton would physically harm them, according to his father's written statement.

The statement also said that on another occasion, Charlton said "life was putting too much pressure on him," and that he feared "becoming mentally unstable and possibly unable to control his actions."

The Lake Stevens ex-girlfriend also told police he was a "mean drunk."

Charlton's Utah robbery involved him carjacking a van from a woman and baby outside a Barnes and Noble in 2006 and he served 21 months for the crime, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He also spent a few years in a Montana state prison after stealing a pile of electronics from a Missoula, Montana Target store.

A gofundme page has raised more than $122,000 for the care of Lyne's three children.

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