Despite the possibility of reopening investigation into the deaths of suspected murderer James Morris Lynn’s first wife, the GBI is firmly concentrating on the continuing investigation of the Barrow County murder of Tonya Faye Royster Lynn, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.
Tonya Lynn’s funeral is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The GBI is conducting a preliminary review to see if the death of Lynn’s first wife in Metter, Ga. should be reopened. Julie Johnson Lynn was found dead on Jan. 13, 1990 in Metter. Her death was ruled a suicide by a gunshot wound to the head. She was found in a bedroom, said Bankhead.
According to Bankhead, a preliminary review on the Julie Johnson death could take a matter of weeks to make a determination of whether the case should be reopened for investigation.
Tonya Lynn suffered from blunt force trauma to the head, Winder Police said Monday, and was found dead in a well off Etheridge Road in Auburn.
The Winder mother of four was reported missing by her niece on Wednesday after her car was found parked at a Winder library.
Lynn is being held in administrative segregation away from everyone else at the Barrow County Detention Center, Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said. He was denied bond on Sunday before a Magistrate Court judge. His next bond hearing is being transferred to a Superior Court Judge, but there is no word yet on when that will be.
At this time, Lynn has not retained an attorney. A scheduled bond hearing must be requested by his defense, according to Smith. A regular court appearance has also not been set.