La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers said late last week his office is ready to go to trial in the case of Kitage Lynch. He said charges will be filed and Lynch will be brought from prison in Yuma to a preliminary hearing in La Paz County Superior Court in Parker.
This comes after Superior Court Judge Matthew Newman dismissed the case without prejudice in September 2018 because he said prosecutors could not be ready by the deadline for a trial. Given that Lynch was already in prison on charges from Maricopa County, Newman said prosecutors could re-file the case when they were ready.
Lynch was indicted in August 2017 on charges from a triple homicide near Salome on April 19, 2016. The victims were Lester Lindsay, 83, and Ella Lindsay, 76, of Wenatchee, Wash. and Alice Boyd, 81, of Bingen, Wash. In addition, La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies found three homes had been burglarized and weapons and Boyd’s vehicle had been stolen.
The area where the homicides and burglaries occurred is often used by Phoenix-area residents for weekend getaways.
Boyd’s vehicle was later used in a shooting incident between Lynch and Glendale, Ariz. police officers. When he was arrested, he allegedly had weapons stolen from the homes near Salome in his possession. He was convicted on charges in Maricopa County and sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections.
In late August 2018, La Paz County prosecutors asked to suspend the speedy trial rules in this case. Newman said it was clear they had done little to prepare for trial in the year since the indictment was handed down. He suggested the case could be dismissed without prejudice as Lynch was already in prison. The prosecutors would re-file the case when they were ready.
Instead, prosecutors file a motion to set a trial date of Oct. 15, 2018. They did not say how they would have their case ready by that time.
Newman said it appeared to him the prosecutors were more interested in “playing games with the speedy trial rules” than preparing the case for trial. He said allowing the trial to go forward would be unfair to Lynch, the victims and their families.
Newman dismissed the case without prejudice Sept. 21, 2018.
“This court will not sit idly while unprepared attorneys try to rush a case to trial because they don’t want to admit they are unprepared,” Newman said.
Posts on area social media this past week asked what was happening with this case. In reply to an e-mail from the Pioneer, Rogers said his office is now ready to take the Lynch case to trial.
In addition to three counts of first degree murder, Lynch was indicted on three counts of burglary, one count of theft, one count of criminal damage, one count of theft of a means of transportation and one count of cruelty to animals.