ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The trial of a Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier accused of murdering his wife and baby last April began Thursday.
Spc. Kip Lynch, who returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan a month before the fatal shooting, claims he doesn't remember anything about the weekend his family was killed and he was shot in the head.
Prosecutor Gustaf Olson repeatedly told jurors the evidence shows Lynch killed 19-year-old Raquell Lynch and his 8-month-old baby, Kyirsta, then tried to kill himself. Lynch survived the headshot wound for three days, until he was found in their home by fellow soldiers after he didn’t report for duty the following Monday.
His attorney says the head injury caused memory loss and Lynch’s mother-in-law, Raquell's mother Christy Kulik, says he has forgotten many details of his life -- especially memories of the days leading up to the shootings on Friday, April 23.