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Autopsy: Blow to head killed pastor's wife

Posted September 25, 2008

— The wife of a former Wake County pastor died from a blow to the head, according to an autopsy report.

Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked and beaten in her Hoke County home on June 4, authorities said. Her 10-year-old son, Christopher, found her unconscious on the kitchen floor the next morning, and she died later that day at a nearby hospital.

Authorities have called her husband, Rev. Sam Wynn, a former pastor of Holland's United Methodist Church in Wake County, a person of interest in her death. Sam Wynn recently became superintendent of the United Methodist Church's Fayetteville district.

An autopsy determined that Rose Wynn died of blunt force trauma to the head. She had two fractures across the top and back of her skull, according to the autopsy report.

"Although these findings are not typical of an accidental fall, that possibility cannot be excluded," the autopsy report concluded.

Rose Wynn had a history of prescription drug abuse and had been treated once for an accidental fall, according to the autopsy report. A toxicology report found elevated levels of painkillers in her blood, which could have played a role in any fall, the report concluded.

The couple's marriage was strained, and they often fought over who would acquire ownership of the home in Raeford after a separation, authorities said in an affidavit to search the Wynn home,  at 595 E. Lake Ridge Road.

Christopher Wynn heard his parents arguing on the phone on June 3, and James Jackson, Rose Wynn's oldest son, told investigators that his mother called him crying that night to report that Sam Wynn had threatened her, according to the affidavit.

Investigators found a towel and a shoe with stains that appeared to be blood in a June 26 search of the home. They also found a $100,000 life insurance policy on Rose Wynn – her husband was listed as the beneficiary – and a deed to the Raeford house during a search of a house owned by Holland's United Methodist Church where Sam Wynn stayed.


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  • ENC-43 Sep 25, 2008

    Haggis basher-

    after all the comments on here assuming this man's guilt and you focus on mine?? The man deserves the presumption of innocence. Get Right was dead on- You completely missed the point. His innocence or guilt has nothing to do with my opinion that he should not currently be the superintendent of a Methodist district. Until the case is resolved, I believe that appointment should have at least been suspended, especially since law enforcement has named him a person of interest.--and I didn't just say he was guilty!!-that's simply a fact.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 25, 2008

    While they are looking at this pastor on possible involvement in this death, they may want to ask the 10 y.o. boy about his relationship with this dad too...BEFORE he gets full custody.

    ( maybe the censors will let THIS statement through. :-) )

  • LOC Sep 25, 2008

    He did it...

  • GetRight Sep 25, 2008

    ENC-43 is right and the comment about "stepping down" has nothing to do with guilt or innocence. It does, however, have everything to do with people's perceptions and how those perceptions would have a direct impact on this man's professional and personal influence and therefore his effectiveness.

    This is related to the reason that the SBI puts LEOs on administrative leave when they have been involved in a deadly shooting; not the same, but not entirely different either. The LEO isn't even charged with wrongdoing yet they're "sidelined" while the investigation is pending/in process.

  • TB Sep 25, 2008

    Seeminglyopposed: I agree with you! It looks like another 'NC Divorce' to me. For goodness sakes, just LEAVE the woman; don't kill her! How many women have been killed in NC during the past 12 months? Of that X number, how many husbands have been a 'person of interest?' And how many of those have been convicted? Also, I might add, if you want to know what is going on in a woman's life, ask her best friend. Women always share.

  • Adelinthe Sep 25, 2008

    "Her 10-year-old son, Christopher, found her unconscious on the kitchen floor the next morning, and she died later that day at a nearby hospital."

    That poor poor child.

    Praying for him and for all of her loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • haggis basher Sep 25, 2008

    "I know all about people being presumed innocent"
    Well you just made it very clear that you don't......

  • Hanker Sep 25, 2008

    The gloves won't fit, therefore they must acquit.

  • TheAdmiral Sep 25, 2008

    Hmmmm... Perhaps the pulpit of hatred?

  • Seeminglyopposed Sep 25, 2008

    As I stated in a previous post, the information that is given during and after the investigation, makes almost for the next perfect crime with these men. Just sit back and read all the reports that are made available, and how the crime was committed, what they are looking for, what they found, how they found it,where they found it. And with all the information, the next wife killer is getting all the necessary info to succeed only to be a person of interest. Some things need to be kept confidential, I think it would either save more women lives, or get more men caught.