A former Navy SEAL trainee convicted 12
years ago of abducting and killing a Georgia college student is
making a last effort in court to clear his name.
Dustin Turner is hoping to get his conviction overturned based
on fellow SEAL trainee Billy Joe Brown's post-trial admission that
Brown alone choked Jennifer Evans to death outside a Virginia Beach
The Virginia Court of Appeals granted 33-year-old Turner a
hearing in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. It is meant to determine
the credibility of Brown's confession under a law allowing inmates
to present newly discovered evidence of innocence. Brown is
expected to testify at the hearing, scheduled to begin tomorrow.
Once the circuit court judge rules on the issue of credibility,
the case will return to the appeals court.
Turner's lawyer said that, if the confession is found credible
and the appeals court concludes the confession would have changed
the outcome of the case, Turner would be freed. Prosecutors could
appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.