MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Kirk Turner, who is charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife, appeared in court for the first time Monday.
Police say the Clemmons dentist killed Jennifer Turner during a confrontation in September of 2007 at the couple’s home in Davie County.
Former Davie Deputy Adam Rollins was among the first who responded to the 911 call about a stabbing.
“I noticed blood drops on the floor of the building,” Rollins, who is now a Lexington police officer, said. “I also noticed some smeared footprints.
Prosecutors say Turner slashed his wife’s throat with a pocket knife. Rollins said he found Jennifer Turner lying on the floor “in a large amount of blood.”
Turner’s attorneys say he was defending himself when she attacked him with a spear.
“I heard him scream, either, ‘She shot me,’ or, ‘She stabbed me,’” Rollins said.
Wesley Martin was the senior deputy on the scene. He took over CPR on the victim when he arrived. He also checked Turner, who was in another room.
“He yelled as soon as when I tried to check his wounds,” Martin said. Defense attorney Brad Bannon asked if Turner appeared to be in pain, and Martin said, “I assumed he was in pain when he yelled.”
The couple’s daughter cried during the graphic testimony and covered her eyes when some of the crime scene photos were shown on an overhead project.
County EMS Director Jerry Myers responded from his home a few miles away and said Jennifer Turner was dead by the time he hooked up a mobile EKG.
During pretrial hearings, the death penalty was taken off the table, so if Kirk Turner is convicted, he may be looking at life in prison.
Prosecutors say they expect the trial to take around two more weeks. Turner is expected to take the stand.