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By Alex Johnson

John Robert Charlton, the Seattle man suspected of having killed Washington mom Ingrid Lyne chopping up her body, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

Charlton, 37, was arrested north of Seattle on Monday morning after body parts — including a head — believed to be from Lyne were found in a recycling bin Saturday.

He is being held on $2 million bond and could face as long as 28 years in prison if he's convicted of murdering Lyne and of a second charge of stealing her car, prosecutors said.

The prosecutor’s office didn’t explain why Charlton wouldn’t potentially face a life sentence if he’s convicted of first-degree murder.

Lyne, 40, a nurse and mother of three daughters, went on a date Friday night with Charlton, whom she had met on an online dating site, police said.

Investigators said in court documents that they believe Charlton, who has an extensive criminal record, killed her at her home in the Seattle suburb of Renton and then transported the body to downtown Seattle.

According to court documents, Charlton told police he blacked out after their date and doesn't remember what happened. He said he woke up Saturday morning on a Seattle sidewalk, unsure of how he got there.

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"The tragic murder of Ingrid Lyne has left a family and community in a spiral of grief and anguish," King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said. "We may never understand why she was killed."

Seattle's Swedish Hospital, where Lyne worked, called her death "incredibly tragic and shocking for all of us."

Charlton is scheduled to be arraigned April 27 in King County Superior Court.