Suspect in recent murder turns himself in

Joseph McDonald Lynch Jr. (Photo courtesy Franklin Police Department).

FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — The suspect in Friday’s fatal shooting of a vehicle passenger turned himself in to police Tuesday.

Detectives developed 23-year-old Joseph McDonald Lynch Jr. as a suspect in the murder of 22-year-old Martinez D. Hill.

Hill was shot in the head while riding in a vehicle in the 1400 block of Rosewood Avenue. Detectives said Hill was hit when someone was shooting into the vehicle. The driver dropped Hill off at a local hospital, and he died hours later.

Lynch, a Franklin resident who goes by the street name “Chunk,”  wash charged with the following: murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and discharging a firearm in public, resulting in death.

Lynch is being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, without bond.

“The Franklin Police Department wishes to thank those in the community who displayed the courage to come forward and assist with this investigation,” read part of a police press release.

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