Ohio County Murder Suspect Indicted On New Charge

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A man accused of murdering a woman whose body was found in an Ohio County, is now facing an additional charge after being indicted by a grand jury.

Kentucky State Police served Donald Lynch with the indictment late Thursday in the Ohio County Detention Center.

In addition to the charges Lynch was facing in Ohio District Court, a grand jury added a charge of abuse of a corpse (sexual intercourse).

Abuse of a corpse is a Class A misdemeanor in Kentucky, unless it involves sexual intercourse. For that reason, Donald Lynch is facing the charge as a Class D felony, which holds a penalty of 1 to 5 years.

Lynch is also charged with murder, trafficking a controlled substance (methamphetamine), tampering with physical evidence.

Amanda Riley’s body was found in a lake inside the Peabody Wildlife Management area on December 18. According to KSP, an autopsy revealed her cause of death to be blunt force trauma.

Police have only released that leads and search warrants are what led them to Lynch.

The Ohio County man was arrested on December 20 on the trafficking charge. He was charged with murder in the jail a few days later.

Police say Lynch and Riley, who was a mother, knew each other. However, KSP hasn’t released the extent of their relationship.

Lynch’s bond is set at $500,000 cash.

He’ll make his next court appearance in Ohio County Circuit Court.

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