State to Pursue Death in Slayings of Mother, Infant; Grand Jury Indicts Eight on First-Degree Murder Charges in Several Cases

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Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union

A man charged with killing a Jacksonville mother and her infant son, leading police to search for their bodies across North Florida and South Georgia, will face the death penalty if convicted in their slayings, State Attorney Harry Shorstein said Thursday.

A Duval County grand jury indicted John Mosley Jr. on two counts of first-degree murder, a requirement before prosecutors can seek the death penalty. He is accused of killing Lynda Wilkes, 40, and 10-month-old Jay-Quan Mosley.

The grand jury indicted seven other people Thursday on first-degree murder charges, but Shorstein said he was seeking death only for Mosley. The rest, including two juveniles, would face mandatory life prison terms if convicted.

Mosley was arrested in May, a month after the disappearance of Wilkes and Jay-Quan prompted a massive manhunt. Wilkes' body was found in a field near Waldo; Jay-Quan was never found, despite an intensive search through a Valdosta, Ga., landfill.

A teenager told police he saw Mosley choke Wilkes and held a garbage bag into which Mosley put Jay-Quan. Mosley has denied any involvement. …