Cody Lynch has been fortunate. Despite four arrests for various offenses since 2014, including violent offenses, felonies, and a charge of battering his pregnant wife, all charges but one were dropped, and the judge withheld adjudication on the one misdemeanor that stuck, a public drunkenness charge that netted him probation, which he violated.
On Sunday, Lynch, 21, of Zeidler Place in Palm Coast, was again back at the Flagler County jail and again on a felony charge of battering his 21-year-old wife, who had filed for divorce in March. But the filing never got to a final dissolution, and the couple was back together.
Courtney Lynch had called 911 to say that she had an emergency, only to then say everything was OK. But then, very quietly, she told the dispatcher that she was in danger, and that her husband was standing next to her, according to Cody Lynch’s arrest report.
When cops got to the house, Courtney explained to them that she saw her daughter, who’s not yet 2 years old, trying to open a dresser drawer, where Courtney found a silver .25 caliber Beretta handgun and a plastic bag containing pink Xanax pills. Xanax is an anti-anxiety prescription drug, a controlled substance. Courtney told cops that Cody has a substance abuse problem, so she seized the pills and the gun, angering her husband.
The couple had been putting a crib together in preparation for Courtney’s second child. Cody, according to his arrest report, followed his wife into the room where they’d been assembling the crib, and when she did not give back the pills and the gun, allegedly held a screw driver against the back of her neck—as Courtney was kneeling next to the crib—then scraped her on the neck before flipping over a rocking chair.
Speaking with cops, Cody accused his wife of sending inappropriate pictures by cell phones, an accusation his wife—pointing at her belly and crying, denied. The deputy documented a cut of 2 to 3 inches on Courtney’s neck, where blood had dried. She declined a victim’s advocate as well as going to the domestic violence shelter, saying she felt safe at home. Cody was taken to the jail, where he remained on Monday on $2,500 bond.
In 2014, he was arrested three times, including on a battery on a pregnant woman charge, a second degree felony, when he was accused of attacking Courtney after he’d been upset over not finding his PlayStation. At that time as well, Courtney, because of Cody’s alleged substance abuse problem, had removed pills from the house and stored them elsewhere. Cody was accused of shoving Courtney in the car they were driving, bruising her arm.
The same year, Cody faced three charges—domestic violence battery, burglary and petit theft after Courtney had thrown him out of the residence they’d shared and changed the locks. But he allegedly forced his way back into the residence and got into a fight with his then-girlfriend. All three charges were dropped. Again that year, he faced a separate battery charge and disorderly intoxication charge after he allegedly got into an altercation with Courtney and a friend of hers over money he was demanding. The battery charge was dropped.