Police charge second man with killing Curtis Turner

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 8, 2013 

More than two months ago, David Lee Morris was given a preliminary hearing for his suspected involvement in the death of Curtis Lee Turner. Now, police have named a second suspect.

Laquinton Jamel Robinson, 21, is the second man to be charged with 32-year-old Turner's July death, which police suspect occurred as retribution for Turner's supposed use of counterfeit money during a drug deal.

According to Muscogee County Jail records, Robinson was booked on Wednesday. He was charged with violation of parole, two counts of grand theft auto, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and burglary.

A Columbus Police report states he was charged Thursday with murder, at about 1:40 p.m. He will face a preliminary hearing on the murder charge Tuesday at 9 a.m.

No details of his suspected involvement were given in the police report.

Police found Turner with a gunshot wound to the back of the head at about 5 a.m. Aug. 1. The vehicle he was driving collided with the back of a residence on North Oakley Drive shortly before he was found dead. A surviving female victim was transported to The Medical Center shortly after EMS and Fire workers responded to the homicide.

Investigators recounted that survivor's story in Morris' late August preliminary. She told police Turner was going to meet a man named "Black" in Victory Trailer Park, looking to score some crack cocaine.

But as Turner was leaving the park, a set of bright headlights on a massive truck bore down on the couple. Turner told the woman that he allegedly exchanged counterfeit money for the drugs. The two raced down Buena Vista Road in an attempt to lose the truck.

The driver of the high-set truck continued to follow Turner through side streets, both vehicles increasing their speeds as they went. When Turner veered on to Monticello Drive, an occupant in the truck opened fire. A bullet busted the rear window, and Turner crashed into the North Oakley Drive residence shortly after.

Judge Michael Cielinski set no bond for Morris' murder charge. His bond for the possession of a firearm charge was set at $15,000.

During testimony, Det. Katina Williams told the court that while talking to Morris inside her car, the suspect allegedly told Williams that a man named J.C. Robinson fired the gun the night of Turner's death. It is unclear whether Robinson's arrest is related to that tip.

Turner was released from state prison less than a month before his death. According to a 2011 Ledger-Enquirer report, Turner was indicted with aggravated assault on a police officer and theft by shoplifting in March of 2011.

Turner allegedly stole two packs of Corona beer from Money Back Food Store on Buena Vista Road in July 2010. During the investigation, an officer was investigating the minivan Turner was driving. The officer had his left foot on a back bumper when Turner allegedly sped off.

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