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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

"Judge Dismisses Case Against Couple Charged This Year in Boy’s 1989 Murder"

From The New York Times:

The case was dormant for nearly 30 years before being reopened in 2021.

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But in his decision on Friday, Judge Young wrote that “no new evidence was presented” at a hearing that was held in March with a detective from the cold-case unit of the Sheriff’s Office. The office believed that Ms. Turner strangled Justin with a dog leash and a dog collar, but the state “cited no new evidence substantiating what led them to this conclusion,” Judge Young wrote.

The judge ordered that the cases against the Turners be “forever ended,” a decision that one of their lawyers, Shaun Kent, welcomed.

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