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Judge affirms jury verdict for Scribner in murder of son-in-law

Halifax County Circuit Court Judge Joel Cunningham has affirmed a jury’s recommended sentence of 22 years and six months in prison for Debra Kaye Scribner for first-degree murder and related conspiracy and firearm charges in the shooting death of her son-in-law, Eric Eugene Wynn, last April. Earlier in the hearing, Cunningham denied a motion by Scribner’s attorney, Elmer Woodard, to set aside the jury’s verdict.

A Halifax County Circuit Court jury deliberated for two hours in October before convicting Connie Gayle Ferguson Wynn and Scribner of first-degree murder and related conspiracy and firearm charges in the shooting death of Connie Wynn’s husband, Eric, last April.

The jury recommended Wynn serve a total of 35 years in prison for the three convictions, and it recommended Scribner serve a total of 22 years and six months in prison.

Dylan Wynn, the key commonwealth witness in the recent trial that ended with his mother and grandmother being convicted of murdering his father, himself pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to the first-degree murder of his father.

Pursuant to a plea agreement with the commonwealth entered as prosecution evidence during the murder trial of Connie Wynn and Scribner, Dylan Wynn pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, while the court dismissed a charge against him for use of a firearm to commit murder.

Cunningham, who presided over the three-day trial of Connie Wynn and Scribner, declared Dylan Wynn a “serious offender,” committing Wynn to the Department of Juvenile Justice for an indefinite period of time, with the court to conduct periodic reviews to determine whether or not Dylan Wynn should continue to be held.

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