A 21-year-old Pennsylvania man thought of an individual of curiosity within the homicide of his stepmother and half-brother, has been apprehended after 5 days of working from the regulation. Jack Elijah Turner of Cochranton was arrested with out incident by U.S. Marshals in Charleston, West Virginia on August 14.
Turner, who was described as a fugitive, was needed in connection to a number of crimes together with the deaths of Shannon E. Mercier Whitman, 49, and her son Darrin Francis Whitman, 10.
On Saturday, August 10, Whitman’s husband, Scott, found the our bodies of his spouse and son, of their dwelling on Route 198 in Crawford County, in keeping with Erie Information Now. Each died from a single gunshot wound to the top, Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell confirmed. The estimated time of dying was between 6:50 and 10 p.m.
Authorities mentioned Whitman’s 2009 silver Lincoln MKS sedan was lacking. Turner faces a felony cost of theft by illegal taking for allegedly stealing the car.
Authorities alerted the general public that Turner was on the run and thought of armed and harmful. Pennsylvania residents have been advised to be looking out and lock the doorways to their houses and automobiles.
Right here’s what you have to know.
1. Turner is Suspected of Robbing a Fuel Station
Turner can be the main suspect within the August 11 theft of the Kwik Fill gasoline station in Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania. At roughly 5:30 a.m., a suspect, believed to be Turner, is seen on the gasoline station’s video surveillance driving up in a automotive resembling the silver sedan taken from the Whitman dwelling.
The suspect will also be seen coming into the gasoline station carrying a blue and white sweatshirt, matching sweatpants and a black cap.
“The clerk was coping with that cash and had it out,” Lt. Donald Kucenski, investigative companies division commander at Millcreek Police Division advised the Meadville Tribune mentioned, including, “so at that time (the suspect) went and retrieved his gun from the automotive and mainly mentioned, ‘Give me the cash.” The suspect made off with below $1,000.
2. Turner was Noticed in Florida After the Murders
Turner, who grew up in Florida earlier than shifting to Pennsylvania and nonetheless has household and mates within the state, was seen at the very least 3 times in St. Augustine.
“The St Johns County Sheriff’s Workplace and the US Marshals have data confirming that Turner was in St Augustine, following Three obvious sightings up to now 18 hours,” the St. John’s Sheriff’s Workplace Fb submit introduced. The alert went on to say that Turner was noticed within the “central portion of St. Johns County, in or close to the St. Augustine space.”
Regulation enforcement described Turner as 5’11” tall, weighing 146 kilos, with a tattoo of a pyramid with an eyeball within it overlaying his proper hand, trimmed eyebrows and a diamond stud in every ear. Investigators reiterated he was thought of armed and harmful.
3. Turner Continued to Submit on Social Media Whereas on the Run
Turner posted on social media at the very least 5 instances whereas he was on the run. In a screenshot of a submit that doesn’t present a date, Turner admitted to stealing his stepmother’s automotive “for security” however mentioned he didn’t commit the double murder. “Simply know there can be quite a few lawsuits after confirmed not responsible,” he wrote.
Across the time of the Shannon and Derrick Whitman’s homicide, Turner wrote a submit declaring his love for a lady a number of mates recognized as his girlfriend, then posted an apology at 10:11 p.m. that started with, “Expensive household I’m so sorry…” He as soon as once more talked about his girlfriend and wrote “I’m so sorry I did this.”
A number of of Turner’s mates responded to his posts by leaving their cellphone numbers and inspiring their pal to show himself in.
On August 13 at 2:51 a.m., Turner posted a 21-second video of himself strolling at the hours of darkness. Solely heavy respiratory and crickets might be heard.
The identical day, he wrote one other submit accusing his Fb mates of making an attempt to assert reward cash in the event that they offered data to authorities. The submit learn, “y’all don’t assume I do know concerning the reward? Fuck outta right here on that love dovy shit I been by all of it an I seen all of it extra then as soon as I’m deleting my account keep tunned (sic).”
Rumors unfold on social media that Turner had killed himself. “That might be information to us. We consider he’s alive — that’s why we’re actively in search of him,” Crawford County District Legal professional Francis Schultz mentioned. “There’s completely zero proof he has harmed himself.”
4. Turner Was Apprehended After Lacking a Bus Heading Again to Pennsylvania
Turner was touring from Florida again to Erie, Pennsylvania by Greyhound bus when he missed his connection in Charleston, West Virginia. He was apprehended on the bus station, taken to the hospital and handled for an undisclosed harm, then transported to the South Central Regional Jail. Turner was arraigned a number of hours later.
Throughout his arraignment in West Virginia’s Kanawha County, Turner was charged with being a fugitive from justice for the automotive theft. WSAZ reported that Turner was uncooperative, didn’t appear to know why he’d been arrested and mentioned he wanted a lawyer current. He has not been charged with the double murder or gasoline station theft.
West Virginia authorities mentioned Turner will stay of their custody till he might be transported again to Pennsylvania by the state’s regulation enforcement.
5. A GoFundMe Account Has Been Began to Assist With Shannon & Darrin Whitman’s Funeral Bills
A GoFundMe web page has been created to assist pay for the funeral bills of Shannon and Derrick Whitman. The obituary that seems on the web page notes that Shannon Whitman was married to Scott Whitman for 13 years and labored as a CNA at AristaCare.
Her son, Darrin, was described as a boy who appreciated to “wrestle, play basketball, hunt, fish, and to learn.” The household has requested that memorial donations be made to the Penncrest College District in care of the Darrin Whitman Fund.