A King County judge raised bail for John Robert Charlton to $5 million at his arraignment on murder and theft charges in the slaying of Ingrid Lyne, a nurse and mother from Renton.
A man accused of killing and dismembering a woman in her suburban home and dumping her remains in a Seattle recycling bin pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and theft charges.
Charlton was charged in the death of Ingrid Lyne, a 40-year-old nurse and mother of three from Renton. He is also charged with stealing her vehicle.
Authorities say Charlton dismembered Lyne in her home before driving her remains to Seattle. Her head, arm, lower leg and foot were found in garbage bags by a homeowner, police say.
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Lyne was reported missing on April 9. Charlton has told police the two went to a Mariners game on April 8, a Friday night, then back to Lyne’s home, and he ended up spending the night on a street in Seattle. He said he couldn’t recall how he got back to Seattle because he had been too intoxicated to remember.
Seattle police detectives searched Lyne’s home on April 10 and found a 15-inch pruning saw near the bathtub, and an empty box of plastic garbage bags identical to the ones containing Lyne’s body parts. Police arrested Charlton the next day.
Charlton’s parents sought a restraining order against him in 2006, saying he had taken the movie “Hannibal” — about a serial killer — from a shelf and told his mother she should watch it and “beware.”
The order was later dismissed at the parents’ request.
Gordon Hill, Charlton’s public defender at an earlier court hearing, said no forensic evidence had linked any particular person to the crime.