Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Closing Arguments in Trial of JBER Soldier Accused of Double Murder
A jury will decide the fate of Kip Lynch, the former soldier accused of murdering his wife and baby daughter.
The case of a Fort Richardson soldier accused of killing his family has gone to the jury.
Closing arguments were heard today in the Kip Lynch trial, the man accused of shooting his wife and baby daughter then turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt.
The state says it happened during an argument during which Lynch’s wife Kelly told him she was leaving him.
Prosecutor Gustaf Olson reminded jurors that Lynch’s best friend testified that he heard Kelly say she planned to leave Lynch and take the baby to Florida.
Olson also read a text message that Kelly had sent her husband just hours before she was murdered.
“She is ticked with him and she types a very provoking message,” says Olson. “In fact, she swears at him and calls him some really mean names and says she's done.”
But the defense says Lynch wasn’t capable of the killings and that no evidence was ever presented that Lynch was a violent man.
Defense attorney Dan Lowery says that’s reason enough not to convict him.
“If we know the person can't do these things, that it's not in their nature to do these things, then we can certainly come to the conclusion that they didn't do these things,” said Lowery.
Lynch’s attorney claims the real killer was someone else, possibly Lynch’s best friend.
But, he says it’s an angle that police never investigated because officers had already made up their minds about what happened.
Lynch is facing two counts of first-degree murder, but the defense says there’s enough reasonable doubt that he should be allowed to go free.