A man accused of killing a local mother and her 10-month-old son last month appeared in court Thursday, pleading not guilty and telling the judge he'd been framed.
Against his attorney's advice, John Mosley (pictured, left) told the judge that police were out to get him for the murders of 40-year-old Lynda Wilkes and her son, Jay-Quan Mosley. He said there was no evidence against him for the murders.
"There is no evidence to support me being involved in these crimes, and I repeat, no evidence. Unless the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office planted evidence, because they did search my house before they allegedly found the body and took personal items from my home," Mosley said in court. "So, if there is any evidence, the sheriff's office planted it. So, I request a bond at this time."
Wilkes' family was also in court. A representative for the family said they were shocked, not only by Mosley's rambling, but about his requests to the judge to have personal items returned.
Mosley said police needed to return the sport utility vehicle they seized as evidence. Mosley was driving the vehicle, which belongs to his mother, when Wilkes was reported missing.
"[My mother] has never been a suspect. She has never been a person of interest and I present an oral motion to have her seized 2000 Suburban returned to her," Mosley said. "They illegally seized the vehicle on the 26th when I was not arrested."
Mosely also seemed very concerned about items in the SUV.
"There has been no inventory given to us at this time. I would like to state that there are many valuable items in the vehicle, such as a radar detector, personal DVD player, over 140 CDs, and so forth," he said.
Investigators found Wilkes' body in some woods near Waldo several days after she disappeared. Police also searched several days for her son's body in a Georgia landfill, but he was never found.
Police said they conducted the investigation based on tips from a teen who was charged as an accessory after the fact in the murders.
The judge refused to set bond for Mosley.
- May 7, 2004: Mosley Charged With Killing Ex-Girlfriend, Baby
- May 6, 2004: Mosley, Teen Charged With Murder; Landfill Search For Baby Ends
- May 3, 2004: Police Search South Georgia Landfill For Baby's Body
- May 3, 2004: Mosley In Court For Paternity Hearing
- April 30, 2004: Mosley Jailed; Investigation Into Missing Woman, Baby Continues
- April 28, 2004: More Police, Volunteers Search For Missing Mom, Baby