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Deputies accuse son of strangling mom in Seminole home

Pinellas sheriff’s deputies found the body of Diane Kyne, 49, about 3 p.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call from her home at 8918 134th St. N in Seminole.

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Pinellas sheriff’s deputies found the body of Diane Kyne, 49, about 3 p.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call from her home at 8918 134th St. N in Seminole.

SEMINOLE — A son killed his mother in an argument over a computer and his parents' decision to make the 23-year-old move out of their home, deputies said early Monday.

Kevin Kyne was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mom, Diane Kyne, 49, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. He was also charged with violating parole stemming from a 2007 case where he was charged with two counts of battery against a law enforcement officer.

Deputies found Diane Kyne's body in her bedroom about 3 p.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call from her home at 8918 134th St. N. An arrest report indicated she had been strangled.

Her husband, William E. Kyne, 53, was at home, but his stepson, Kevin Kyne, had gone to a friend's house, where he was found, authorities said.

Detectives said Kevin Kyne was not cooperating with the investigation, but they charged him based on other evidence.

Investigators said the three in the home had been arguing about a computer and about the parents' recent decision to give Kevin Kyne a month to move out of the home.

The arrest report states his mother was heard yelling "Kevin" during the argument about the computer. Then it went silent. A witness — the arrest report is redacted, making it unclear who it was — walked into Kevin Kyne's room and found him on top of his mother with his hands around her neck.

The person then fought Kevin Kyne off his mother, which is when she was found dead, the report says. A preliminary examination from authorities showed signs that Diane Kyne was manually strangled.

The autopsy will be conducted today.

Records show that William Kyne had won a court order evicting Kevin Kyne from the home on Sept. 4, 2008. It was not clear why the son was still there.

This was not the first death to occur at the Seminole address.

In April 2000, deputies and paramedics arrived at the residence because a woman in pajamas had been discovered dead in the swimming pool. The woman was identified by the Sheriff's Office as Krista Kyne, 44, who then was William Kyne's wife.

Deputies did not suspect foul play in her death.

William Kyne was remarried on Sept. 21, 2002, to the former Diane Pamela Morton, records show. Kevin Kyne changed his last name to his stepfather's when he turned 18, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report.

Deputies accuse son of strangling mom in Seminole home 08/16/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 16, 2010 12:48pm]
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