Greg Lynn murder trial: Jury in missing campers case sends note to Justice

The jury in the trial of former Jetstar captain Greg Lynn has requested recordings of the former pilot’s testimony as well as the testimony of a ballistics expert from the trial.

Gregory Stuart Lynn, 57, will stand trial after pleading not guilty to the murder of 74-year-old Russell Hill and 73-year-old Carol Clay during a camping trip in the remote Alpine National Park.

The six men and six women who will decide Mr Lynn’s fate were called to deliberate by Justice Michael Croucher of the Supreme Court at around 12.30pm on Friday.

On Tuesday, the jury sent a notice to the judge asking for a recording of the evidence presented by Mr Lynn in court during the trial.

The jury also requested a recorded statement from a Victoria Police ballistics expert, Senior Constable Paul Griffiths, who carried out examinations on Mr Lynn’s shotgun.

The motion was sent by the jury on Tuesday afternoon.

The jury went home around 4 p.m. on Tuesday and will receive an answer to their request on Wednesday morning.

Judge Croucher gave his conclusion to the jury before they retired to deliberate. He told the jury that the prosecution alleged that Mr Lynn murdered Mr Hill on the evening of 20 March 2020 in unknown circumstances and by unknown means, probably following an argument about Mr Hill’s drone.

Mr Lynn then allegedly murdered Ms Clay by shooting her in the head, acting as a witness to the first murder, he said in the prosecution’s indictment.

Defending, Judge Croucher said Ms Clay died as a result of the accidental discharge of Mr Lynn’s shotgun as the two men struggled for control of the weapon.

According to the defence, Mr Hill then attacked Mr Lynn with a knife and fell on the blade as the two men wrestled.

Judge Croucher said both parties agreed that Mr Lynn had taken a number of steps to conceal his involvement in the deaths, including cleaning up and burning the campsite, disposing of the bodies only to return eight months later and burn them, and painting his car and trailer.

He said the prosecution was asking the jury to accept that these actions could only be reasonably explained by the fact that Mr Lynn knew he had murdered the two.

The defence, however, said Judge Croucher, argued that all available evidence supported Mr Lynn’s account of two accidental deaths and that his actions were the result of panic and fear that he would be wrongly blamed.

“Mr Dann (Mr Lynn’s lawyer) argues that the prosecution is asking you to fill in the gaps with speculation,” he said.

Judge Croucher told the jury that their task was not to punish Mr Lynn for the “horrific and selfish” acts he had admitted to, but to judge impartially whether the prosecution had proved beyond a reasonable doubt the four elements of murder in each death.

He said Mr Lynn was presumed innocent and the jury’s assumption that two accidental deaths were unlikely was “fundamentally flawed”.

The trial will resume on Wednesday.

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