Man Who Allegedly Dismembered Mom Ingrid Lyne Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charge

Ingrid Lyne: Man Who Allegedly Dismembered Seattle Mom Pleads Not Guilty
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04/27/2016 AT 05:25 PM EDT

John Charlton, the man who allegedly murdered and dismembered a Seattle woman he was dating in early April, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to first degree murder and motor vehicle theft charges, PEOPLE confirms.

During the arraignment, a Kings County judge raised Charlton's bail from $2 million to $5 million per the prosecution's request, a spokesperson for the Kings County Proseuctor's Office tells PEOPLE.

Charlton, 37, is charged with the murder of Ingrid Lyne, a Seattle nurse and a mother of three.

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John Charlton in court on Wednesday.

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Lyne was last seen on April 8 when she and Charlton went to a Seattle Mariners game for a date. The two had met on an unidentified online dating website and had been talking for weeks, friends tell PEOPLE.

"There was some trust involved obviously [between] her and him," Crissa Franceschina, a friend of Lyne's, says.

Lyne was reported missing the next morning when her ex-husband went to her house to drop off their daughters and found that she wasn't home and her car was gone.

Investigators discovered several dismembered remains ultimately identified as Lyne's in a recycling bin outside a Seattle home later that afternoon.

During their investigation into Lyne's death, police found a 15-inch pruning saw and pieces of flesh inside Lyne's home – as well as plastic garbage bags similar to those in which Lyne's remains were found, according to court documents.

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Ingrid Lyne and her three children

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Charlton, who was homeless at the time, was arrested two days later.

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Charlton has a long criminal record spanning six states includes convictions for aggravated robbery, felony theft, grand theft motor vehicle, assault, and third-degree larceny, in addition to arrests for battery.

According to court documents, in 2006 Charlton's family sought a restraining order against him after finding him in their home intoxicated and "verbally abusive." They claimed in the restraining order that Charlton used crack cocaine.

Charlton's lawyers have not returned PEOPLE's calls for comment.
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