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Thomas D. Turner

Sunday, April 28, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Alcohol is believed to have played a role in an incident Friday that left a local man dead and his cousin jailed, according to Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry.

Thomas Dewayne Turner, 36, of 130 Friendship Drive, Bassett, is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond on charges of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, authorities said.

The charges were in connection with the death of Sonny James Turner, 44, of 409 Harris St., Martinsville, who was Thomas Turner’s cousin, authorities said.

The 911 Communications Center received a call around 2:26 a.m. Friday that a shooting had occurred at 180 Blackwell Road, Bassett, according to authorities.

Investigating the incident, authorities found that Thomas Dewayne Turner and Sonny James Turner had been involved in an argument which turned into a physical altercation, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Sonny Turner died from what appeared to be a gunshot wound, authorities have said.

“Alcohol was a factor,” Perry said Saturday.

“It was a small argument that escalated into an altercation, and that resulted in someone pulling a gun out,” Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. David White said.

Coroners in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia will perform an autopsy, White said.

Anyone with information about case is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-7463.

Rewards up to $1,000 are available through the Crime stoppers Program for information related to crimes. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information provided determine the amount of any reward.


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