Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Man Accused Of Murdering Woman, Infant

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:32:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2004 04:25:57 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Prosecutors announced Thursday that they're seeking the death penalty against John Mosley Jr., accused of murdering a woman and her 10-month-old son.

Mosley (pictured, right), 39, was charged with killing Lynda Jean Wilkes, 40, and her baby, Jay-Quan Mosley.

Prosecutors said his crimes are so heinous that he should die if he's found guilty.

A 15-year-old who provided information to police was also charged as an 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, is not being identified because he is a juvenile. He was ordered held in secure detention until his arraignment.

Information from the teen led police to Wilkes' body in woods near Waldo, and also led police to search a Valdosta, Ga., landfill for four days looking for Jay-Quan's body. The baby was never found and is assumed dead.

Mosley, who was already in Duval County Jail on charges of having sex with a teenaged girl, has maintained his innocence.

Wilkes, who had four other children, and her baby were last seen April 22, when they met Mosley to discuss 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.

Channel 4 learned that the 15-year-old charged as an accessory is the brother of the teen Mosley was accused of having sex with.

Mosley was also formally indicted Thursday morning on two counts of first-degree murder.

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