On Saturday, jury deliberation for the murder trial of S. Dale Turner took approximately ten minutes, and a verdict of "guilty" was read on charges of second degree murder. Turner was indicted on these charges for the death of 79-year-old Billy McCready of Bastrop. The crime took place on November 29, 2012.
The closing arguments of defense attorney Carl Cooper, which attempted to establish a reasonable doubt in the mind of jurors — particularly when discussing how Turner's DNA ended up in McCready's pants pocket — did not stand up to the prosecution's case.
District Attorney Jerry Jones presented a series of witnesses who established a motive for the murder, placed Turner near the scene of the crime and discussed, as expert witnesses, the DNA evidence collected at the scene.
A full breakdown of the trial, including closing arguments, will appear in the Tuesday, August 5 edition of the Enterprise.