RICHMOND, Va. — An ex-Navy SEAL trainee had his murder and abduction convictions overturned Tuesday after spending 13 years in prison for killing a Georgia college student who was vacationing in Virginia.
A divided Virginia Court of Appeals panel granted Dustin Turner's request for a writ of actual innocence, vacating his conviction of murder and abduction with intent to defile in the 1995 death of 21-year-old Emory University student Jennifer Evans. Turner, 34, of Bloomington, Ind., is serving an 82-year sentence in the killing of Evans outside a Virginia Beach nightclub in 1995. Another trainee, Billy Joe Brown, changed his story to say that he alone killed Evans.
The Attorney General's Office has two weeks to ask the full court to make a decision or a month to appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court. If the attorney general makes no appeal, Turner would be released.