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Couple Used Frying Pan, Baseball Bat to Kill Man After Putting Leash Around His Neck: Cops

virginia couple used frying pan baseball bat to kill man
Source: Norfolk Police Department

Aug. 17 2023, Published 4:30 p.m. ET

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A couple in Virginia were arrested after they allegedly beat a man to death using a frying pan and baseball bat, according to authorities.

Around 6:40 p.m. on Aug. 11, officers responded to a 911 call regarding someone being hurt inside a home in Norfolk, the local police department announced.

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The people that called 911 were identified as 50-year-old James Lynch and his 43-year-old wife Kristie Lynch, court records show.

Detectives found at the scene 45-year-old Jose Moreno dead at the bottom of a staircase, WVEC-TV reported. Police said he had several deep lacerations on his head, bruises on his face and contusions on his neck.

Authorities said James and Kristie allegedly admitted to killing Moreno.

The pair told police they had an argument with the victim inside the home that turned physical, WVEC-TV reported. The couple said they hit Moreno with a frying pan and then proceeded to strike him on the head and knees with a baseball bat.

Police claimed the couple also allegedly said they “placed a dog leash around his [Moreno’s] neck” and admitted to causing his injuries, according to WVEC-TV.

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Officials didn’t disclose what the couple and Moreno were fighting over or how they knew each other.

The suspects have lived in Norfolk for six years and Kristie Lynch told police that she has “hated every minute of it,” WVEC-TV reported.

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Court documents state James Lynch has a list of previous offenses, including assault, from when he lived in New York.

The couple was arrested and each charged with second-degree murder, officials said.

They were booked into the Norfolk City Jail and are being held without bond. Both are due back in court on October 4.


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