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* Tirrell Dudley Charged with the Alleged Murder and Rape of Javaughna Lynch

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Prosecutors filed charges today in connection with the rape and murder of a 31-year-old woman who was found bludgeoned to death in a park in Concord in July, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney John Cope said. Tirrell Dudley, a 19-year-old Concord resident, has been charged with the murder, rape, sodomy and robbery of Javaughna Lynch, who was found dead in Baldwin Park on July 13. Lynch was a Richmond resident who frequented Concord, Concord police Lt. Dave Hughes said. She died from a blunt-force head injury, according to the Contra Costa County coroner’s office. According to her MySpace page, her hometown was Oakland, but she was staying in Concord with her mother, brother and her “little sweet baby boy” son. She described herself as “down to earth” and easy to get along with. Hughes said Lynch and Dudley knew each other, but couldn’t comment further on the nature of their relationship. Police had detained and questioned Dudley the day Lynch was found dead, but he denied involvement in the murder and was released because police didn’t have enough evidence to charge him at that time. Since then, however, DNA and other physical evidence found at the scene has linked Dudley to the murder, police said. Dudley was arrested Friday morning as he was leaving his home in Concord, police said. He is being held in county jail in Martinez on $1 million bail, according to a county jail official. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez.

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