Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Turner found guilty of second degree murder

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  • 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.
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