When I was going through BUD/S, I remember hearing the story of two SEAL trainees who murdered a young college girl. The brutal murder of Jennifer Evans, a 21 year old college student vacationing in Virginia Beach, sent shock waves through the Virginia Beach community.
The rumor was that the murder was the result of two Navy SEALs, trained killers who could not contain their blood lust. The reality is that the two convicted for this crime were not Navy SEALs. Turner and Brown were trainees who were in the process of completing SEAL Tactical Training; one more step in the pipeline towards earning their trident and becoming Navy SEALs.
Since the first trial, Turner has maintained his innocence. His swim buddy Brown was pushing that Turner was the real killer, but in a statement in 2003 he changed his story. Brown now stated that he alone killed Jennifer and that Turner had tried to stop him. Since his conviction, Turner has exhausted all of his appeals in an attempt to be cleared and set free.
This past Sunday, a documentary of the 1995 killing was shown in Turner’s Indiana hometown. Supporters of Turner, who have circulating petitions to set Turner free, hope that this film will lead to a turn in Turner’s status.
You can read more about this story courtesy of the Virginia Pilot.