Shooting victim was just 2 feet away

By SARA PAUFFspauff@ledger-enquirer.com

Jolena Seldon had long blond hair, was wearing a white dress and had walked about halfway into the bedroom, past the light of a television screen when Dywane Lamont Turner shot her, a Columbus police detective testified Saturday in Recorder's Court.

Turner pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with a shooting that occurred at Turner's Allen Street home early Thursday.

Police said Turner shot Seldon with an assault rifle after she kicked open his locked bedroom door at around 5 a.m. She was accompanying Turner's ex-girlfriend, Shelby Perry, to the house to confront him about his relationship with another woman, police said.

Turner, 28, told police after the shooting that the bedroom lights were off and he did not know who he was shooting at.

At the hearing, Columbus Police Cpl. Michael Dahnke said when detectives arrived on the scene, the bathroom light was on, as well as the television.

Based on the position of Seldon's body, investigators determined that she had walked past the television, about 4 feet into the room, when Turner allegedly shot her in the head and chest. Stippling around gunshot wounds on her chest indicated that Turner had been within 2 feet of Seldon when he shot her, Dahnke said.

"He would have seen her face," he said.

At the hearing, Turner's attorneys claimed his actions were in self-defense.

"Jolena forced her way into the bedroom," said attorney Charles Thornton. "She was a trespasser at that point."