Investigators: Son killed father in ‘crime of passion’ in 2004

Trabion Tynes (Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Investigators will not yet elaborate, but they say there is a specific reason Trabion Tynes wanted his father dead in June 2004.

“That’ll come out in trial,” says Lieutenant Tommy Potter. “I know there is a reason.”

Deputies with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office rearrested Tynes on Wednesday at his home on Artis Lane in Surry County in connection with the death of Johnnie Tynes Sr.

Tynes Sr. was found dead inside his trailer on Tyler’s Beach Road in the Rushmere area of the county in 2004. He died from blunt force trauma to the head.

“This was a crime of passion … he had several blows to his head ,” says Potter. “Johnnie knew who attacked him and killed him. There’s no doubt in my mind about that.”

In 2005, investigators filed murder charges against Trabion Tynes, but the commonwealth’s attorney dropped the charges. Potter says he agreed with the decision to drop the charges because it was based off one person’s statements.

Twelve years later, Potter says “several people” who were reluctant to talk have given fresh statements. Those statements convinced a grand jury on Wednesday to indict the son on a murder charge.

Family members say they are surprised by the new charge.

“I am definitely shocked,” says Lenika Charity, Tynes’ cousin. “I didn’t think he was capable of doing something like that.”

Charity says Trabion Tynes is a father of seven children, ranging in age from 10-24, and she’s not sure what to believe given the issues with the first arrest.

“Hopefully he can come home to be a dad again to them, because they need him, but we’ll see,” she says.

Whether her cousin is innocent or guilty, she is happy the case is getting attention.

“The family needs closure. If he didn’t do it, he needs closure, Johnnie needs closure, other family members need closure.”

Potter says investigators discovered the new information while pursuing leads in the cold case of Carrie Singer. Singer was found dead in a field in the Morgarts Beach area of the county one month after Johnnie Tynes Sr. died.

Singer died of blunt force trauma, according to Potter.

The sheriff’s office is actively investigating Singer’s death, but Potter tells 10 On Your Side it is too early to say if the two cases are connected.

Tynes is being held with no bond at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail.