Georgia Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker offers the following information in the case against William Earl Lynd, who is currently scheduled to be executed during the execution window starting at noon on May 6, 2008 and ending at noon on May 13, 2008.
On April 22, 2008, the Superior Court of Berrien County filed an order which set the seven-day window in which the execution of William Earl Lynd may occur to begin at noon, May 6, 2008, and ending seven days later at noon on May 13, 2008. The Commissioner of the Department of Corrections has set the date and time for the execution at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. The execution will take place at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Lynd has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.
On December 23, 1988, Lynd murdered his girlfriend, Ginger Moore, in
Lynd told the Berrien County Sheriff that, on the day of the victim’s death, he and the victim had taken a drive and were apparently going to take a vacation together; however, they argued and returned home. (T. 1530-1532). When the victim and Lynd got home, they argued again and Lynd got his pistol and shot the victim in the face. (T. 1532). The unconscious victim fell across the waterbed.
Lynd went outside, sat on the front porch, and smoked a cigarette. (T. 1532). The victim eventually regained consciousness and staggered outside toward Lynd.
Lynd drove to an old farmhouse in
Lynd closed the trunk and drove back to the house. (T. 1535). Lynd gathered up all the bloodied items in the house and put them in the front seat of the car and drove off. (T. 1536). Lynd stopped the car along I-75, slept for awhile and when he awakened, continued driving until he spotted a farm located near
Lynd got back in his car and continued to drive, picking up a hitchhiker in
When driving through
Additionally, a month prior to the victim’s murder, Lynd sexually assaulted another woman whom he convinced to get into his car after telling her that her car was damaged. (T. 1821-1830). Similar to the murder of Ms. Sharkey, Lynd was able to convince this woman to pull her car over after he flashed his headlights at her. (T. 1821-1832).
After selling the derringer, Lynd then drove to
After discarding most of the evidence against him, Lynd turned himself over to the
Forensic pathologist Warren Tillman testified that the victim died as a result of gunshot wounds to the head and face. (T. 1626). Dr. Tillman explained that the first shot fired into the victim’s face would not have been fatal.
The Trial (1989-1990)
Lynd was indicted by the Grand Jury of Berrien County, Georgia on February 7, 1989, on one count of malice murder and one count of kidnapping. On February 27, 1990, following a jury trial, Lynd was convicted as charged in the indictment. The jury then returned a sentence of death against Lynd.
The Direct Appeal (1992)
The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Lynd’s convictions and death sentence on February 27, 1992. Lynd v. State, 262
State Habeas Corpus Petition (1995-2001)
Lynd, represented by Stephen C. Bayliss, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the
Federal Habeas Corpus Petition (2001-2006)
Lynd, represented by Thomas H. Dunn, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia on October 5, 2001. On October 31, 2005, the district court denied Lynd federal habeas corpus relief. The district court denied a motion to alter and amend judgment on January 12, 2006. The district court granted Lynd a certificate of appealability on specific issues on March 13, 2006.
11th Circuit Court of Appeals (2006-2007)
The case was orally argued before the Eleventh Circuit on October 25, 2006. On November 28, 2006, the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion which denied relief. Lynd v. Terry, 470 F.3d 1308 (11th Cir. 2006). Lynd filed a petition for panel rehearing, which was denied on February 5, 2007.
Lynd filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court on June 29, 2007, which was denied October 1, 2007. Lynd then filed a petition for rehearing in the United States Supreme Court on October 22, 2007, which was denied on November 26, 2007.
 References to the trial transcript will be indicated by “T,” followed by the appropriate page number.