Hearing date set for Wynn

Published 10:57 am Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Judge Sibley Reynolds has scheduled a status hearing on June 19 for Clifford Wynn, the Selma man accused of the 2005 rape and murder of Clanton Walmart employee Patricia Gayle Lasserre.

Wynn was originally set to enter a plea April 2, but Reynolds granted he and his attorney additional time to review new evidence obtained by the prosecution.

Wynn was arrested in December 2008 for the crimes but was released in August 2009 when a grand jury found evidence insufficient to warrant a formal charge.

Houston told The Clanton Advertiser in February that he asked the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to continue their investigation after Wynn was released.

New evidence emerged, Houston said, and Wynn was indicted by an Autauga County grand jury in February.

Lasserre, 53 at the time of her death, was last seen leaving Clanton Walmart at 8:21 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2005. She was traveling Autauga County Road 1 and was seven miles from her home at the time of her murder.

Each of the charges against Wynn, 50, carries punishment of 10-99 years, or life in prison.