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West Columbia double murder case to go to trial next week

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Kenneth Lynch Kenneth Lynch
Angelica Livingston Angelica Livingston
Portia Washington Portia Washington

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Six years after Portia Washington and her then 7-year-old granddaughter disappeared from West Columbia, prosecutors are ready to bring their accused killer to trial.

Washington and her granddaughter, Angelica Livingston, were last seen on June 10, 2006.  Authorities with the West Columbia Police Department say Washington's car was found eight days later at a bus depot in Seattle, Washington.  Neither Washington nor Livingston were ever found. 

Investigators believe her live-in boyfriend, Kenneth Lynch, took Washington's car and was trying to cross the border into Canada by bus. He was taken into custody at the border in June of 2006 on grand larceny charges.

Those charges were upgraded in 2008 to two counts of murder by the West Columbia Police Department.

"We have evidence that we believe proves that he's responsible for their disappearance and their death" West Columbia's Major Jackie Brothers said in 2008.

"Mr. Lynch has never spoken with us. He still has not spoken with us and we don't know where those bodies are," she went on to say.

A representative of the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor's office says Lynch's trial will start Monday.  Lynch is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

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