Lyntell Washington Murder: How Did She Die? Who Killed Her?

A mother and teacher who was loved by her children disappeared in June 2016 leaving behind her daughter. While she was found days later, the story didn’t have a happy ending. ABC News’ ‘20/20: The Barefoot Witness’ chronicles what happened to Lyntell Washington and how the authorities were led to the culprit through circumstantial evidence and witness testimony. So, let’s find out more about this case then, shall we?

How did Lyntell Washington get killed?

Lyntell Washington, 40, was an instructional specialist at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy. She is from Baton Rouge. Lyntell Washington was described as a kind and generous teacher who tried to help students. She was awarded the Teacher of Year award for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Lyntell, who was seven months pregnant, was a loving mother of a three year-old daughter.

Lyntell went missing on June 9, 2016. This happened after a man called 911 upon noticing the three-year-old near Lyntell’s abandoned car. Although the vehicle was located a block away from Lyntell’s apartment, she was not there. On June 14, 2016, her heavily decomposed remains were found in a ditch in Iberville Parish in Louisiana. This was after extensive searching. An autopsy revealed that she was shot in the head and her unborn baby had also died.

Lyntell Washington was killed by who?

When Lyntell’s three-year-old daughter was discovered, her feet were stained with blood, and the car also had blood inside. While the authorities assumed the worst, they weren’t sure what happened to Lyntell. Interviews with the little girl turned up disturbing details. She stated at the time that she was with Lyntell, and another man she called “Mr. Robbie.” The little girl remembered a loud bang and said her mother was “in a lake” and “sleeping.”

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Soon, the police discovered that Robert Jovantie Marks was Mr. Robbie. He was then assistant principal at the school Lyntell attended. An investigation revealed that Robert was a married man and the father of Lyntell’s unborn child. Soon after, he was arrested. After the body had been found, he was charged as murder. However, Robert denied having anything to do with Lyntell’s death.

Robert claimed that Lyntell met him in the Walmart parking lot. However, he said they only spoke for a few moments before separating. However, text messages between the two showed that Robert might have known that he was the father of Lyntell’s child. She asked him if he was avoiding his responsibility to their unborn child.

Furthermore, phone records showed Robert and Lyntell’s phones in Ramah, Louisiana, at around 8:45 PM on June 8, 2016, before returning to Baton Rouge a few minutes later. Cell phone records caused some confusion as to where Lyntell died. The authorities believed that Robert had shot Lyntell in East Baton Rouge. He then placed the body in her car along with her daughter and dumped it in Iberville Parish.

At Robert’s trial in December 2020, the prosecution relied on cell phone evidence and Lyntell’s daughter’s testimony. However, the defense called it circumstantial. The jury eventually sided with Robert, finding him guilty of Lyntell’s unborn child murder and other charges. According to authorities, Robert had murdered Lyntell in an attempt to conceal the affair. He was eventually sent to prison for his crimes.

Read more: Robert Marks, Where are You Now?

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