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Cause of death changed for Lynn's 1st wife

Barrow man was convicted in 2012 of killing his 3rd wife

POSTED: July 30, 2014 1:00 p.m.

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The cause of death of the first wife of James Morris Lynn, Jr. has been changed by the Candler County coroner.

WSB-TV 2 reported last week that the cause of the 1990 death of Julie Johnson Lynn has now been ruled as undetermined after having been ruled a suicide since she and her unborn child were found dead at their Metter home. James Lynn remains in prison on a life sentence after being convicted of the 2011 murder of his wife Tonya Royster Lynn in Barrow County.

The Barrow County News reported last year that the GBI was still investigating Julie Lynn’s death after the pregnant 20-year-old was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Candler County Coroner Sonny Morgan declined to comment on Lynn’s death Tuesday.

Julie’s mother has said she never believed her daughter killed herself and her unborn child. One of the factors concerning Bobbie Johnson Mosley was that no gunshot residue was found on Julie’s hands. Mosley said she appreciated that the GBI was looking into the case, but that it was an unfortunate event that that led to the investigation being reopened.

"I am, however, very saddened by the circumstances that caused this reopening - that being the brutal death of another young woman, Tonya Royster Lynn," Mosley told The Barrow County News following the 2012 trial. "Now that justice has been served for Tonya, if there can be such, I am anxious to see justice for Julie."

On July 26, 2011, Lynn struck Tonya with a baseball bat, killing her. He then took her body to her parents' property in Auburn, where he placed her in a well. Tonya Lynn's body was recovered days later after Lynn confessed to Winder police and GBI agents where he had hidden her.

Lynn is asking the Georgia Court of Appeals for a new trial after his motion was denied last year by Barrow County Superior Court.



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