In Dalton, a Whitfield County jury sentenced Lynn Turner to life without parole in the murder of Randy Thompson, the father of her two children, and a former deputy sheriff in Forsyth County. Ms. Turner is already serving a life sentence for the 1995 poisoning murder of her husband, Glenn Turner, who was a Cobb County police officer.
My question is: Why do we have the death penalty on the books?
Now, I’m not in favor of going out and seeking the death penalty every time a crime is committed. I’m no fan of the death penalty. Never have been. However, over the years, I’ve come to realize that there are people out there for whom it is appropriate. And, in this case, I feel it was appropriate.
This woman had murdered two men in cold blood. She killed them for money. Plain and simple. And one of them was the father of her children. The Dalton Daily Citizen reported that, although Turner did not testify on her own behalf at the sentencing, her mother took the stand and tearfully pleaded for Lynn Turner’s life. Apparently, having the children lose their mother was one of the reasons she gave.
These children have already lost their mother. She will spend life in prison without the chance of parole, but they actually lost her when she poisoned their father. How do you have a loving relationship with a woman who killed two men, one of whom was your father? Personally, I cannot see one valid reason why Lynn Turner was spared the death penalty. A message has just been sent that you can deliberately kill two people and still not warrant the death penalty. Why should murderers be afraid?
[tags]Lynn Turner, Glenn Turner, Randy Thompson, Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, death penalty[/tags]