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Halifax teenager in murder case released from department of juvenile justice

In a review case heard Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court, the court released 16-year-old Dylan Eugene Wynn from custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Judge Joel Cunningham ordered Wynn’s transfer from the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Richmond to W. W. Moore Junior Juvenile Detention Home School in Danville for 60 days. 

Wynn, the key commonwealth witness in the October trial that ended with his mother and grandmother being convicted of murdering his father, Eric Eugene Wynn, himself pleaded guilty in December 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 Gayle Ferguson Wynn and Debra Kaye 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.

Judge Joel Cunningham, who presided over the 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.

In a review held in March, Judge Cunningham ordered Wynn to remain in a state juvenile detention facility.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White said Tuesday when Judge Cunningham suspended Wynn’s commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice conditioned upon his serving the additional 60 days in W. W. Moore Detention Center on Monday “he termed it as part of a juvenile justice reentry program.”

White said she expected the court order to contain requirements for education, counseling and future behavior.

“After 60 days it is anticipated he (Wynn) will be released to anyone who has custody of him, possibly including family members or the Department of Social Services,” White said.