Dr. Kirk Turner Found Not Guilty by Reason of Self-Defense

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With a smile on his face and tears in his eyes, Dr. Kirk Turner hugged family and friends as he realized he was free to go after a jury found him not guilty of first-degree murder. Full Story
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Cyndi Stolarik

Westfield, IN

#1 Jul 26, 2011
As I sat in my home and watched "48 hours mystery" it was easy to see Kirk Turner was GUILTY. The bloody pocket was not poof, he could have staged that blood. The blood over her blood was proof who was stabbed first and the blood spattered sealed his guilt. Kirk claimed over and over on the stand he stood and sliced at his wife, the spatter shows she was on the ground when when her throat was slit.
GUILTY as CHARGED
Jason

Guam

#2 Nov 14, 2011
If you've ever been the victim of domestic abuse and threats from a spouse who seems to everyone else, totally incapable of anything violent; you can certainly see how she could have "lost it" when faced with the affidavit of her ex husband. Far reaching, hypothetical scenarios involving staging a murder after the fact are just that, far reaching. I am convinced he is innocent of murder. He can't remember the details, he remembers slashing her. It's highly possible he was still slashing when she fell and that's when she sprayed blood near the floor. I know if I had been stabbed twice in the leg with a spear by a crazed woman who was bent on murdering me and/or castrating me, I'd have slashed her too until she didn't pose a threat to me. Kudos to this jury; justice has prevailed. Best wishes Dr. Turner. It's heart warming to see that self defense is still legal. Hopefully, your daughter will get over the denial.
Jason

Guam

#3 Nov 14, 2011
Cyndi Stolarik wrote:
As I sat in my home and watched "48 hours mystery" it was easy to see Kirk Turner was GUILTY. The bloody pocket was not poof, he could have staged that blood. The blood over her blood was proof who was stabbed first and the blood spattered sealed his guilt. Kirk claimed over and over on the stand he stood and sliced at his wife, the spatter shows she was on the ground when when her throat was slit.
GUILTY as CHARGED
You're stabbed in the leg twice by your crazed wife, you admit slashing her to death in self defense to save your life. Imagine the shock, imagine the pain he was in. Coming up with a plan in the state he was in (shock) from just slashing your wife - is out of the question. The jury did the right thing; he could not have staged that blood. I've never murdered anyone, but I don't think in 2 minutes I could come up with a plan and execute it.
Sam

Union City, CA

#4 Dec 8, 2011
Kirk's wounds were clean, and Jennifer's fingerprints were not on the spear.

I find it fascinating that Cyndi's comment states more evidence than Jason. Perhaps Jason's comments are the result of personal emotion and bias, to explain the lesser amount of evidence yet ironic conviction in Kirk's innocence?

Kirk's case was a re-enactment of the OJ Simpson one. Guilty.
Bobby Bobertson

North York, Canada

#6 Mar 13, 2012
Well, Greg Smithson, the friend at the scence, was obviously lying,Jenniffer's fingerprints not on the spear, blood on a lower part of the table showing that Jennifer was close to the ground, Jennifer's drying blood under Kirk's wet blood,him saying that there is more than 1 way to end a marrage, the money Jeniffer would've gotten from him after a divorce, and the alienation of affection lawsuit against Kirk's girlfriend.

Yep, sounds innocent to me.(NOT!)
Sherry

Duluth, GA

#7 Apr 11, 2012
After watching this on "48 Hours Mystery", I came away from that feeling like he was likely innocent. I felt like the eye witness friend was an honest, down to earth guy. I also came away believing that Mrs. Turner was no shrinking violet and could have been the aggressor. With the lawsuit she had against his girlfriend, the large amount of alimony she wanted, the private investigator she had filming him, she seemed like a taker and a vengeful person.
rrwilt

Spokane, WA

#9 Jun 14, 2012
I don't see how the jury could have weighed the evidence of none of Mrs. Turner's DNA being inside Dr. Turner's pocket so heavily. After all, Dr. Turner, himself, testified that he doesn't recall exactly how he ended up slashing his wife, so couldn't he have already had the knife out of his pocket? The DNA evidence certainly didn't indicate that Dr. Turner was innocent, only that he didn't reach inside his pocket for that knife after he suffered injury to his leg. If you ask me, he got away with murder because the prosecution didn't counter the defense's narrative about that DNA evidence, when it easily could have been countered.
Turner Sues SBI

Winston Salem, NC

#10 Oct 27, 2012
Mar

Atlanta, GA

#11 Jan 26, 2013
He is bad. Someone should do something ... He did
lou

Baltimore, MD

#12 Jan 26, 2013
rrwilt wrote:
I don't see how the jury could have weighed the evidence of none of Mrs. Turner's DNA being inside Dr. Turner's pocket so heavily. After all, Dr. Turner, himself, testified that he doesn't recall exactly how he ended up slashing his wife, so couldn't he have already had the knife out of his pocket? The DNA evidence certainly didn't indicate that Dr. Turner was innocent, only that he didn't reach inside his pocket for that knife after he suffered injury to his leg. If you ask me, he got away with murder because the prosecution didn't counter the defense's narrative about that DNA evidence, when it easily could have been countered.
she sounded like a crazy woman to me upset that her husband left her for another woman self defense all the way she snapped and stabbed him
Nurse Jacki

United States

#13 Jan 26, 2013
Greg came across as ultimately believable. That gentleman was sincere. Now the actual suspect struck me as shifty, but Greg struck me as sincere. Hang in there hon.
Renee

Wilmington, NC

#14 Feb 10, 2013
They craziest part is that a man who so obviously murdered his wife and the mother of his children in cold blood gets to go on with his life like nothing ever happened...for now...
Renee

Wilmington, NC

#15 Feb 10, 2013
Mar wrote:
He is bad. Someone should do something ... He did
Someone should do something. He doesn't deserve to get to go away and live a peaceful life. He cheated on her and betrayed her and as if that wasn't enough, he brutally murdered her.
In Support of the Truth

Winston Salem, NC

#16 Feb 27, 2013
Listen VERY CAREFULLY-no prints that we were able to lift off the spear but the spear in Jennifer's hands. Very select wording. No usable prints were lifted from the spear because it was covered in blood. You must listen to learn and listen carefully. The ADA does not want to appear stupid on national tv
Sam wrote:
Kirk's wounds were clean, and Jennifer's fingerprints were not on the spear.
I find it fascinating that Cyndi's comment states more evidence than Jason. Perhaps Jason's comments are the result of personal emotion and bias, to explain the lesser amount of evidence yet ironic conviction in Kirk's innocence?
Kirk's case was a re-enactment of the OJ Simpson one. Guilty.
In Support of the Truth

Winston Salem, NC

#17 Feb 27, 2013
Greg is honest as the day is long. CBS 48 Hours failed to mention there was a gas receipt with a time stamp of 7:40 pm the night of Jennifer's death. Did they kill her and then go get gas and then come back to stage the scene. Guys do you really believe the TV is real or is it entertainment?
Nurse Jacki wrote:
Greg came across as ultimately believable. That gentleman was sincere. Now the actual suspect struck me as shifty, but Greg struck me as sincere. Hang in there hon.
In Support of the Truth

Winston Salem, NC

#18 Feb 27, 2013
She could not bear to be without the money. Half was not enough. She wanted it all. On September 16th the divorce would have been final. If Dr. Turner died while still married to her, she would have gotten it all, not half.
lou wrote:
<quoted text> she sounded like a crazy woman to me upset that her husband left her for another woman self defense all the way she snapped and stabbed him
In Support of the Truth

Winston Salem, NC

#19 Feb 27, 2013
Do you REALLY believe everything on the TV? Please....48 Hours is for entertainment not the truth. For the truth read the trial transcripts or go sit in a trial. People don't let guilty people go without punishment. Do you believe in the Easter Bunny too?
Cyndi Stolarik wrote:
As I sat in my home and watched "48 hours mystery" it was easy to see Kirk Turner was GUILTY. The bloody pocket was not poof, he could have staged that blood. The blood over her blood was proof who was stabbed first and the blood spattered sealed his guilt. Kirk claimed over and over on the stand he stood and sliced at his wife, the spatter shows she was on the ground when when her throat was slit.
GUILTY as CHARGED
Alexis

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Apr 16, 2013
This was the worst jury ever. All that blood that proves that he was lying and they,focus on the little bit of blood in his pocket. I could not believe that they were so ignorant as to say that was self defense. But of course, the person with the most money always looks more appealing and so they win.

"Cyndi Stolarik"]As I sat in my home and watched "48 hours mystery" it was easy to see Kirk Turner was GUILTY. The bloody pocket was not poof, he could have staged that blood. The blood over her blood was proof who was stabbed first and the blood spattered sealed his guilt. Kirk claimed over and over on the stand he stood and sliced at his wife, the spatter shows she was on the ground when when her throat was slit.
GUILTY as CHARGED
RCI

Clemmons, NC

#21 Apr 16, 2013
The only question I have....who really gives a shit? Its old news...no longer matters. People from all over the US are commenting on this and not one of them understands the truth. The truth is that this happened in Davie County NC. The land of inbred redneck fools. Please don't give me the line about being a Dentist...big deal. I know lawyers in Davie County that may be lawyers, but the low class redneck cousin marrying genes are still present. This act was not just a crime, but just another inbred way of solving a problem. The lowlife garbage in Davie County only know how to threaten or fight to solve any issue. This is part of their ignorant rearing. Sherman and Stoneman should have done a better jon in 1865 and maybe things would be different.
Rhonda

Big Stone Gap, VA

#22 Jul 13, 2013
If I were Dr. Turner and I was being stabbed with a spear I would be trying to grab the spear and wrestle it away from Jennifer. I find the fighting back with the little knife ridiculous! If anything, I think she stabbed him with the spear. He wrestled it away. Got her on the ground and then killed her with his knife. I am not an expert, but if she were standing the blood would have sprayed on the upper walls and on top of the bench, not on the lower part of the bench and the floor. To me, it demonstrated that she was definitely down! While Greg Smithson did seem very belivable, how does he know what really happened in the shed, according to his own testimony, he was outside at the time. He also states that he only heard Dr. Turner scream. That would certainly indicate to me that Jennifer's throat was already cut rendering it impossible for her to scream. As for loving his daughter, when the trial was over and he was asked about his relationship with her, he said she was a "great girl." Don't you think if he loved his daughter he would be professing that love and stating that he was going to do everything he could to have her back in his life. Instead he has his attorney, Chuck Alexander, make a statement that he loved his daughter and wanted to reconcile with her. I noted that the attorney looked up and to the left when he made that statement, I believe that indicates he was using creative assessment to strive for the right answer for the press!Wendy says that when she crossed him by siding with her moher he cut off her charge cards and stopped paying her tuition, loving father, yeah right! Noticed that Ritchie immediately toed the line and moved in with Daddy and remained his staunch supporter. I'll bet he was protecting his monetary position. Dr. Turner certainly benefited from his wife's death, as they weren't divorced, he got the ranch, life insurance policies, all the marital assets. Poor Dr. Turner!

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