Evidence in Kingsport Labor Day parking lot death headed to grand jury

Rain Smith • Feb 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Police say that next month they’ll present evidence to a grand jury related to the suspected murder of a Kingsport man on Labor Day.

The body of William R. Lynch III, 39, was discovered about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2009, in the parking lot of Spa World, 2450 Memorial Blvd.

A press release from the Kingsport Police Department labeled the incident as a “possible homicide.”

Police were called to the area on a report of shots fired but said Lynch appeared to have died from trauma to the head.

Police said they believe he may have been run over by a vehicle.

KPD Detective David Cole said shell casings were found at the scene. When asked who may have fired the shots, or if a weapon had been located, he declined to comment.

“We know that there was an argument, they met in the parking lot, and as a result of that Mr. Lynch was killed,” Cole said on Wednesday.

In September, Cole said Lynch originally was from Maryland but had been living in Kingsport for “quite some time.”

Several witnesses have been interviewed in the police department’s investigation.

Cole said it’s the collection of their statements, as well as “other items,” that have delayed a presentment to the grand jury.

Once the evidence has been presented, the grand jury will decide whether to issue any indictments in the case.

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