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Warrant: Bloody items found in pastor's home

Posted June 26, 2008 5:46 p.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2008 9:14 a.m. EDT

— A towel and a shoe with stains that appeared to be blood were seized from the home of a former Wake County pastor whom authorities have called a person of interest in his wife's death.

Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked and beaten at her home, at 595 E. Lake Ridge Road in Raeford, on June 4. 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.

Wynn's husband is the Rev. Sam Wynn, former pastor of Holland's United Methodist Church in Wake County. He recently was appointed superintendent of the Fayetteville District of the United Methodist Church, but he won't assume the role until at least September. Holland's still lists him on its Web site as its pastor.

Authorities have called Sam Wynn a person of interest in his wife's death, and a search warrant in the case details a stormy relationship between the two.

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 application for the search warrant.

The couple's marriage was strained, and they often fought over who would acquire ownership of the home in Raeford after a separation, according to the document.

When a Hoke County Sheriff's Office investigator contacted Sam Wynn on June 4 to ask him about his wife's injuries, Wynn responded, "Don't tell me she's dead," the document stated.

Blood was spattered all over the kitchen and enclosed rear porch of the Raeford home after Rose Wynn was attacked, and a search of a home owned by Holland's United Methodist Church where Sam Wynn lived part-time turned up a towel and a shoe with stains that looked like blood, the document stated.

Investigators 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 the church-owned house, according to the document.