Case Update: Turner’s bond set at $100,000 cash in full in first case of attempted murder

Update:

Jared Turner is accused of attempted murder in a case filed late last week following his arrest last Wednesday. But he’s been under investigation in a second case and it’s expected that a new criminal case will likely be filed against him this week.

Jared Turner

Jared Turner

When Jared Turner, 24, of Linton, appeared in Greene Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon, October 9, Judge Dena Martin set his bond at $100,000 cash only, with no ten percent allowed.

It was determined that Turner was eligible for indigent counsel and Greene County Public Defender Alan Baughman was appointed to represent him.

A trial date in this case has not been set but a conference is scheduled in mid-November.

Sources report a second investigation began late last Thursday after Turner was in custody.      


Posted below: Earlier stories with more details and information about this case, posted late last week….

Shooting Investigation Part 1: 911 calls, officers dispatched, scenes secured, suspect and witnesses identified

On Wednesday, October 3, at approximately 5:42 a.m., dispatch at the Linton Police Department received a call from someone who said Todd Bennett had been shot and needed medical attention. At approximately the same time, dispatch at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a different person who said Jared Turner had just shot someone.

Officers from both departments responded, to two different locations.

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The 911 call to the sheriff’s department came from a residence at 14025 West County Road 50 North in the Linton area. The caller said a person in his house was claiming that someone had been killed and there was a disassembled gun at his house that was involved.

When GCSD Deputy Alan Jackson spoke to the caller on the phone for more information, the man told him Jared Turner had shot Todd Bennett because Bennett was holding a knife to Heather Minks. Much later in the day, investigators determined Bennett was not holding a knife on her and he was unarmed when he was shot.

GCSD Detective James O’Malley was called in and dispatched to the home, along with other deputies.

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At the Linton Police Department, LPD Officer Orry Phipps and other officers were dispatched to 1018 A Street SW in Linton where the shooting victim was found. Officer Andrew Duguay of the Jasonville Police Department also responded to assist.

Minutes later, around 5:45 a.m., LPD Detective Paul Clark, who became the lead investigator in this case, was called in to assist Officer Phipps on the A Street SW scene.

Later writing a narrative about these investigations for reports and a probable cause affidavit, Det. Clark said Phipps advised him there was a man lying near the residence on A Street with a gunshot wound to the neck or face and that the victim was Todd W. Bennett.

When Det. Clark arrived on the scene, the victim was gone. Bennett had been transported to the Emergency Room at Greene County General Hospital by the EMS Ambulance Rescue Unit from Linton. From there, Bennett was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Officers Phipps and Duguay had secured the scene and Phipps said the sheriff’s department was also out on a call nearby that Phipps believed was related to the shooting incident. Jared Turner was the suspect.

Officer Phipps reported Bennett had what appeared to be a gunshot wound, an entrance wound, near his right temple. He did not see an exit wound, but he saw a large bulge on the back of Bennett’s neck that could be where the bullet was lodged and the reason there was no exit wound.

Clark said he talked to a neighbor on the scene who told him he had been sitting outside his own house and had heard someone coughing for 30-45 minutes but he was unaware that Bennett had been shot until someone else found Bennett lying near the street.

Clark said he saw numerous puddles of what looked like blood on the ground in several places, plus there was some clothing and other items scattered about.

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LPD Sgt. Logan Hobbs was also called in and had arrived on the scene.

They then checked and confirmed that the investigation the sheriff’s department was working was directly related to the shooting so Clark and Hobbs traveled to the location on West CR 50 North near Linton and the two investigations were merged into one.

When the two LPD officers arrived at this house, Det. O’Malley was talking to Turner. Other deputies were taking to Minks who was very upset and crying. Clark said he learned Minks and Turner are related and this location was the home of family members of Minks.

Det. Clark listened in as Turner talked to Det. O’Malley. Turner allegedly said that he, Minks and Bennett had been ‘hanging out’ during the night then Turner drove Bennett to Bennett’s house to drop Bennett off.

When Clark talked to Minks, after she calmed down, she also said she was with Bennett and Turner during the hours before the shooting and that she and Turner had taken Bennett to Bennett’s house to drop him off.

That’s how both of their stories started out, but from that point on in their stories, when they recounted what had happened, they told very different stories.

Shooting Investigation Part 2: Evidence gathered, interviews conducted, search warrants executed, suspect arrested

Turner was transported to the Linton Police Department to continue the interview with O’Malley and it wasn’t long before Minks was also transported to the police department to continue her interview with Clark.

While the two detectives were at the property on 50 North, they both determined the shooting of Bennett occurred at Bennett’s residence on A Street SW and that it involved Turner’s truck, a red 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 that was parked behind the garage at the house on 50 North. They also learned the responding deputies had earlier recovered a gun – a Sarsilmaz .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol that had been disassembled, as well as a fixed blade knife and a cell phone.

As numerous officers worked on these scenes, crime scene technicians from the Indiana State Police were called in and responded to both locations to collect and preserve evidence.

At the police department, the two detectives continued their interviews, listening to different stories, trying to get down to what really happened. It was a process that took several hours. At some points, the two detectives took opportunities to speak to each other and compare stories, then returned to their interviews to confront Turner and Minks with the variations.

Around 2 p.m., without releasing any names, LPD Chief Troy Jerrell said the condition of the adult victim was serious and he confirmed the suspect was in custody at the police department but had not yet been booked in to jail. 

Around 3:30 p.m. LPD Chief Jerrell did identify the victim and the suspect and released a statement saying Turner was on his way to jail.

The jail record shows Turner was booked in at 3:44 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Probable cause documents for both criminal charges prepared by Det. Clark and search warrants prepared by Sgt. Hobbs, indicate that Turner was advised of his rights early on and waived his rights, agreeing to talk to the detective and signing paperwork giving officers consent to search his truck.

As a result of the interviews, officers believed Turner shot Bennett while Bennett was standing in the street outside 1018 A Street SW while Turner was seated in the driver’s seat, Minks in the passenger seat, and Bennett standing outside on the passenger side of the vehicle. After he shot Bennett, Turner then drove the truck to the  50 North location and parked it.  

Officers believed the truck was used in the commission of the crime and the ISP CSIs started processing the truck while it was parked on the property on 50 North. Turner allegedly said he had put his own cell phone on the toolbox in the bed of his truck after he parked the truck. Sgt. Hobbs reported Turner did not have his cell phone with him when he was detained and the cell phone was not found on top of the toolbox. The toolbox in the bed of the truck was locked. Hobbs wrote that evidence related to the shooting might be located in the toolbox.

Det. Clark asked Turner if he had a key and Turner confirmed the key to the lockbox was on the same key ring as the truck’s ignition key, but immediately after confirming that, at 1:29 p.m., Turner withdrew his consent to search his truck. The ISP CSIs were notified and they halted the search of the truck. To preserve the evidence, the truck was towed then parked inside the secured bay of the police department.

At the same time, and while the interviews were continuing, Sgt. Hobbs was preparing a request for a search warrant. Hobbs asserted that at 1 p.m., Turner was at the police department and Hobbs was investigating the truck Turner was driving that was used in the shooting. Hobbs wrote Turner had said he was the driver and he had admitted to using methamphetamine around 4 a.m. that morning. But Turner had also refused to consent to a certified chemical test so Hobbs requested the warrant to obtain a blood sample as evidence that Turner was operating a vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.

The request was filed in Greene Superior Court and at 1:55 p.m., Judge Dena Martin approved and issued the search warrant. A medic from the Greene County Ambulance Service executed the warrant and drew a blood sample from Turner which was sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology for analysis – results are pending.

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The investigation continued on Wednesday after Turner was booked in to jail, and it continued the next day.

On Thursday, Hobbs filed a request for a second search warrant in Greene Circuit Court and at 1:47 p.m. Thursday, Judge Erik Allen approved and issued a search warrant for the truck and the toolbox to search for firearms, ammunition, bullet casings, blood, cell phones, SIM cards, digital storage devices, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and written documents – evidence of the offenses being investigated.

After that was issued, ISP CSIs likely executed it right away. No specific information about what was found in the toolbox has been released, but by late afternoon Thursday, LPD Chief Jerrell said probable cause documents were close to completion.

Shooting Investigation Part 3: True and false stories sorted, probable cause established, criminal case filed, suspect to be charged with attempted murder   

Det. Clark detailed the various stories that were told by both Turner and Minks and reading through the probable cause affidavit, it’s clear the two did not have their stories straight. One said the altercation occurred when all three individuals were standing outside the truck. The other said Bennett was outside the truck but Turner and Minks never got out of the truck.

Between the two of them, Bennett was accused of holding a knife to the throat of Minks, of holding a knife to her groin area, and another story was told of how Bennett came at her with a knife in his hand over his head as if he was going to stab her. None of those were true - all of these scenarios changed during the course of the interviews and eventually it was determined that Bennett did not have a knife in his hand or in his possession when he was shot.

One thing was certain – there was tension between Turner and Bennett. Various reasons for the tension were given in the stories such as personal issues, a previous incident in which Minks said she was victimized and Bennett might have been involved, disagreement over sales and purchases of illicit drugs, and an earlier attempt by Turner and Bennett to buy methamphetamine.

The tension while the three were all in the truck resulted in an apparent forceful demand by Turner for Bennett to turn over his knives and cell phone to Turner. Bennett complied, then exited the truck when they got to his house.

Det. Clark wrote that Minks said after they arrived at Bennett’s house, while she and Turner were still in the truck and Bennett was outside, she rolled the window down as Bennett approached the passenger side. She was going to give Bennett’s property back to him, but an argument began between Turner and Bennett. She allegedly said Turner raised the gun, reached across the front of her face, pointed it at Bennett and shot him, then drove away.

Minks also allegedly said Turner had started making a list of people he believed were bad people. She said Turner had burned the list near a field at the 50 North location after the shooting. Officers were unable to find any trace of the burned list but no information has been made public about whether the list might have been found in the truck’s toolbox.

Det. Clark said toward the end of this round of interviews, Det. O’Malley confronted Turner with the latest information obtained from Minks and although Turner did not offer many details, he did confirm that her version was accurate, that Bennett was returning to the truck to get his knife and cell phone back, and that Bennett was unarmed when Turner shot him.

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Until Turner appears in court, he is being held without bond.

Late Thursday, a judge reviewed the affidavit prepared by Det. Clark and found there was probable cause for criminal charges.

Early Friday morning, Greene County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Keven McIntosh filed a criminal case against Turner in Greene Superior Court.

When Turner appears in court before Judge Dena Martin for his initial hearing, he will be formally charged with:

  • Attempted murder, a Level 1 felony,

  • Pointing a firearm at another person, a Level 6 felony,

  • Theft, a Class A misdemeanor,

  • Operating a vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in the body, a Class C misdemeanor, and

  • False informing, a Class B misdemeanor.

This investigation is ongoing. Evidence will be processed, more interviews conducted. The condition of the victim has been reported to be improving, but as of noon Friday, detectives had not yet been able to speak to him about the incident.

LPD Chief Troy Jerrell commended all the officers involved in the initial investigation and expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by the Indiana State Police.

“The ISP has capabilities in forensics that smaller departments don’t have and we always appreciate the ISP coming to assist and help out,” said Jerrell.

Jerrell also noted this investigation started out as two separate investigations, one launched by the Linton Police Department and one launched by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

“This started out as two investigations which then merged into one,” said Jerrell. “The ability of these officers from different departments to work together was crucial. They did a great job of communicating with each other.”