Tonya Lynn Murder: Police Examine Husband's First Wife's Suicide

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Lynn's Troubled Marriage

Tonya Lynn had reportedly fought with her husband the night before she disappeared, Winder police spokesman Chris Cooper told ABCNews.com.

In May, James Lynn was arrested by Winder police and charged with battery, Officer Cooper said. In addition, Tonya Lynn had contacted police about her husband's temporary protective order violations.

Her father Earl Royster, 72, who lives in Auburn, Ga., told ABCNews.com last week the couple had filed for divorce in June. Tonya Lynn stayed with her sister-in-law, but eventually took her husband back, he said.

Royster described James Lynn as controlling, "crazy about money" and suspicious of his daughter's whereabouts.

Last Monday was the last time Royster spoke to his daughter, but he says his 14-year-old grandson had seen her in the house at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when he returned home to get some clothes before spending the night at a friend's house.

When Tonya Lynn told her husband she was leaving him, Royster said, James Lynn allegedly threw their mattress on the floor while she was sitting on it, and tossed her clothes outside.

James Lynn's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. His case will be brought before a grand jury in late October -- and if they deliver an indictment the case will go to trial.

The couple's four children have been placed with a family member, Love said.

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