Friday, January 13, 2012

Investigation of Lawyer's Murder Already Is Sending Out a Stench

Ocie Lee Lynch

The murder investigation in the death of a prominent Talladega attorney already is emitting a foul odor--and a suspect barely has been in custody for 48 hours.

Ocie Lee Lynch, a 30-year-old Birmingham man, was arrested late Tuesday night in the murder of Robert Blake Lazenby, a partner in perhaps the most prestigious law firm in Talladega County. Lazenby died last July from multiple gunshot wounds, and his body was found in the dining room of his Sylacauga home.

What smells funny about the murder investigation at this point? Let's consider two issues raised by a report in The Talladega Daily Home:

Lynch had an initial court appearance Wednesday morning before Talladega County District Judge Jeb Fannin, who informed him he had been charged with capital murder during the commission of a burglary in the first degree.

When the defendant asked why he was being charged with both crimes, Fannin explained that the burglary in the first degree was the aggravating circumstance that made the murder a capital case.

First, we learn that Lynch appeared before District Judge Jeb Fannin. That's the same Judge Fannin who was overseeing Blake Lazenby's divorce case at the time of the shooting. That's also the same Judge Fannin who denied multiple requests from lawyers for Geanne Lazenby to recuse himself from the divorce case, on the grounds that her husband frequently appeared before Talladega County judges, and their impartiality might reasonably be questioned.

We also learn that Lynch is being charged with capital murder because the killing allegedly took place during the commission of a burglary.

We are supposed to believe that a Birmingham man drove 40-something miles to Sylacauga and just happened to choose for burglary the home of a lawyer who was involved in an increasingly rancorous divorce case? We are supposed to believe that this was about a burglary gone awry and had nothing to do with the divorce case?

Early news reports placed the time of death between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on July 27. That means any burglary would have been taking place in broad daylight. Burglars certainly have been known to strike during the day . . . but early in the evening, right after normal business hours, when the occupant is likely to come home at any moment?

I'm having a hard time buying that one. As we have reported previously, court documents show that Ms. Lazenby and her lawyers were alarmed that Judge Fannin refused to recuse himself--and they had reason to be concerned; under the law, recusal should have been granted. Documents also show that Blake Lazenby and his lawyers apparently were trying to strong arm Ms. Lazenby into a settlement agreement that she had not approved. We also know that Blake Lazenby's lawyers were trying to subpoena documents that appeared to have little, if any, relevance to the divorce case. They were going after Ms. Lazenby's medical records from at least two different sources, and they were seeking information about a criminal complaint Ms. Lazenby apparently had filed against a man named Earnest Files, of Coosa County.

Who is Earnest Files and why did his name come up in Lazenby v. Lazenby? The answer remains unclear, but here is what we reported earlier:

We checked the Web site for the Coosa County Sheriff's Office and found this item dated April 1, 2011:

Earnest James Files Jr. of Kellyton, AL was arrested on charges of Harassing Communication and Criminal Trespassing. He was processed and released on bond to await trial.

Did Ms. Lazenby file a criminal complaint for harassing communication and trespassing against Earnest James Files Jr.? If so, why did Blake Lazenby's lawyers want that information and why was it relevant in a divorce case?

Does Ocie Lee Lynch have any connections to Earnest James Files Jr.? Is that what led law-enforcement officials to the man who now is in custody?

More information likely will be forthcoming in the next few days. Law-enforcement officials have indicated that more arrests are expected. Officials apparently believe Ocie Lee Lynch engaged in a conspiracy, that he did not act alone. But we doubt it was a conspiracy to commit burglary. Any conspiracy, we suspect, was to commit murder, and it probably was driven by actions related to the Lazenby v. Lazenby divorce case.


Robby Scott Hill said...

You can't even commit the crime of burglary during broad daylight. By definition, a burglary must occur more than a half hour after sunset.

Robby Scott Hill said...

Watch out for anyone named "James Files." It is a Government cover name & code for a decoy party. A "James Files" allegedly shot JFK from the Grassy Knoll. James Files is a straw man. He is anyone the Government wants him to be. He acquires and disposes of property & he conspires with and testifies against his co-conspirators. James Files is a political yes man who is almost always operating under an assumed identity & we need to blow his cover.

Anonymous said...

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jeffrey spruill said...

Is that the guy that was trying to set me up Robby?

I know this creep:

David Wayne Bouchard, Esq.
Member at Large

had ties to this creep:

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legalschnauzer said...


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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Have you googled Blake's house? The driveway entrance is at a cul-de-sac from there it is about 1/4 mile to his home. His home is not visible from the street. I (and 99% of the people in Sylacauga) do not think for one minute that this was a burglary/robbery gone bad. We knew Blake and we KNOW his wife. Do you think the accused murderer WALKED from Birmingham? I don't think so. So, who DROVE him there? Looking forward to that piece of the puzzle.

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like another "piece of the puzzle" has been found.

The stack of cards are falling quickly now....