The man who a Northside woman was going to meet on the day she disappeared last month is being held without bond for the murders of that woman and her 10-month-old baby.
John Mosley Jr., 39, was charged with killing Lynda Jean Wilkes, 40, and her baby, Jay-Quan Mosley, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said late Thursday.
Authorities also announced that a 15-year-old who provided information to police since a few days after the murders was charged with accessory to murder after the fact. Officers said he did not take an active role in the killings.
The boy, a Northwestern Middle School student whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, was taken to juvenile court Friday in handcuffs and shackles. He was ordered held in secure detention until his arraignment.
Information from the teen led police to Wilkes' body in woods near Waldo last Friday, and led police to search a Valdosta, Ga., landfill for four days looking for Jay-Quan's body. The suspended the search Thursday afternoon.
Mosley, who was already in Duval County Jail on charges of having sex with a teenaged girl, has maintained his innocence. While being walked from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office back to jail following an afternoon round of questioning, Mosley said, "I'm innocent, I'm totally innocent."
He said he was being charged because "I'm a black man."
Wilkes, who had four other children, and her baby were last seen April 22, when they met Mosley about child support payments. A court had ordered Mosley to pay Wilkes support for the boy, but he denied being the father.
According to police records, the teen told police that Mosley called him after abducting Wilkes and Jay-Quan and witnessed Mosley strangle her with his bare hands. The report also said Mosley had the teen hold a plastic bag open as he put Jay-Quan in the bag, tied it closed and put it in the back of his SUV.
Wilkes' badly burned body was dumped in Alachua County, near Waldo, on April 23, according to the tipster who officials said was with Wilkes at the time. Wilkes' remains were found April 30.
The teen also told police the body of the baby was thrown in a trash bin in Ocala, Rutherford said. For four days, officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Lowndes County, Ga., unsuccessfully dug though 790,000 pounds of trash looking for signs of Jay-Quan.
The boy's mother told Channel 4's Victoria Warren she expressed sympathy to Wilkes family and apologizes that her son was involved.
"He couldn't deal with it," the mother said. "I (told him), 'Whatever happened, just tell the truth.'"
The boy's sister said it was like Mosley "possessed my little brother, or had him scared of him, or something."
Outside the courtroom Friday, the mother said of Mosley: "I hate him."
Mosley was charged last week with having unlawful sex with a 17-year-old girl. Channel 4 learned that the 15-year-old charged as an accessory is that girl's sister.
Mosley will be arraigned on the two counts of first-degree murder on May 27.
- May 6, 2004: Mosley Charged With Murder; Teen Charged As Accessory
- May 6, 2004: Mosley Named Suspect; Landfill Search For Baby Ends
- May 4, 2004: Officers Continue To Search Georgia Landfill For Missing Baby
- May 3, 2004: Police Search South Georgia Landfill For Baby's Body
- May 3, 2004: Mosley In Court For Paternity Hearing
- May 2, 2004: Body Found In Alachua County Identified As Missing Mother
- May 1, 2004: Case Leads To Body Near Waldo
- April 30, 2004: Mosley Jailed; Investigation Into Missing Woman, Baby Continues
- April 29, 2004: 'Person Of Interest' In Disappearance Arrested On Unrelated Sex Charge
- April 28, 2004: More Police, Volunteers Search For Missing Mom, Baby
- April 27, 2004: Dad Questioned; Mother, 10-Month-Old Still Missing
- April 26, 2004: Police Looking For Father Of Missing Baby, Mother
- April 24, 2004: Police Search For Missing Mother, Baby