Georgia Woman Denied New Trial in Antifreeze Murder

A Georgia woman, about to go on trial for the antifreeze poisoning of her boyfriend, was dealt a blow when the Georgia Supreme Court upheld a decision denying her a new trial for the murder of her husband, who she was convicted of killing in the same way.

Lynn Turner had argued that she was wrongfully convicted, in 2004, of killing her husband in 1995, because prosecutors had been allowed use to evidence about her boyfriend Randy Thompson’s death in 2001. Evidence of another crime cannot be used to show that a person is more likely to have committed the crime for which she is being tried. The trial judge ruled that evidence about her boyfriend’s death could be used to show that she understood the methodology behind both killings. The Georgia Supreme Court said that “the evidence of Thompson’s death was sufficiently connected to the death of Turner’s husband” to show a common method.

The Supreme Court also noted that “Turner was intimate with both Thompson and Glenn, both men went to the hospital complaining of flu-like symptoms soon before they died, both men died from the unique cause of antifreeze poisoning, Turner was the last person to see either man alive, (and) both men died soon after Turner served them Jell-O.” The court gave notice to Turner’s financial problems prior to the deaths of both men, suggesting that the motive for murder was the same in both cases: life insurance money.

Turner is serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband. Prosecutors say they’ll ask for the death penalty for the killing of her boyfriend.

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