Soldier accused of shooting family still in coma

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a soldier who killed his wife and 8-month-old daughter before shooting himself in the head remains unconscious and unresponsive.

Lt. Dave Parker told The Anchorage Daily News that Kip Lynch hasn't been charged because he can't communicate.

The bodies of 19-year-old Racquell Lynch and the couple's daughter, Kyirsta Lynch, were discovered Monday morning after Kip Lynch failed to show up for work. He was found critically injured in another part of their apartment.

The 21-year-old military policeman from Jacksonville, Fla., had no criminal history in Alaska. He had returned in February from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

"Whether or not they're going to be able to talk to the suspect - that is the crux right now," Parker said. "Will that ever happen? We don't know. There will be a point at which we can say no, it ain't never going to happen, but it's going to take a little bit more in terms of medical intervention and advice from medical staff before we know."

Parker said by all accounts the violence was out of character for Lynch. Police are awaiting results of a toxicology screening to try to determine if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he said.

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