Man Suspected of Killing, Dismembering Washington Mother He Met Online Has Criminal Past

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WARNING: Details of this case are disturbing.

The suspect accused of killing and dismembering a Washington mother of three he met online has been ordered held on $2 million bail.

On Tuesday, a King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold 37-year-old John Charlton for investigation of second-degree murder in the death of 40-year-old Ingrid Lyne, whose partial remains were found in a homeowner's recycling bin in Seattle’s Central District over the weekend.

Prosecutors believe Charlton killed Lyne in her home in Renton before driving to Seattle in her vehicle to discard the body parts.

Investigators believed Lyne was killed at her residence and dismembered in the bathroom, prosecutors said Tuesday.

A 15-inch pruning saw was found near the bathtub at Lyne’s home, a probable cause document obtained by KTLA sister station KCPQ in Seattle showed.

Police “found bits of human flesh and blood in the bathtub drain,” King County Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Worley said, according to KCPQ.

Several body parts matching Lyne's description -- including a human head, arm and leg -- were found in a recycling bin, the document stated.

Charlton told investigators the pair had been dating for about a month, and that he spent the night at her place on other occasions.

He claimed he had been “so intoxicated” after attending the baseball game that he could not recall how they got to her residence, or what transpired that night.

“He said he believe they had sex, and said Lyne was acting ‘weird,’ but could not or would not provide any further details,” the probable cause document stated.

Charlton also could not tell investigators how he left her residence, but assumed Lyne drove him back to Seattle; he claimed he ended up sleeping on a sidewalk that night, according to the document.

The last time anyone saw Lyne alive was when she left her home to go on a date with Charlton at the Seattle Mariners' opening home game.

Her vehicle, which was also missing, was discovered Monday night in downtown Seattle.

Suspect's parents feared their son<

Charlton's parents ived in fear of their own son, according to court records.

Ray and JoAnn Charlton, who once sought a restraining order against him, testified that he was prone to drinking heavily and could fly into violent, abusive outbursts that left them worried for their own safety. They added that he had a habit of picking fights with them, especially when drunk.

Both parents later requested that the restraining order be dismissed.

A lengthy criminal history<

Charlton has been charged with crimes in several different states, court documents confirm.

He was convicted of negligent driving in 1998 in Washington, aggravated robbery, a second-degree felony, in Utah in 2006, felony theft in 2009 while in Montana and a battery charge in Idaho in 2009.

Charlton has not yet been officially charged in Lyne's killing.

He is expected in court on Thursday, which is the deadline for prosecutors to file charges against him in the case, KCPQ reported

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