Turner Sues SBI: Dentist Says Investigators Negligent
Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2012
By Jackie Seabolt
The Clemmons dentist who was found not guilty of murdering his wife has filed a lawsuit against members of the State Bureau of Investigation alleging they attempted to frame him for murder.
Dr. Kirk Turner was acquitted by reason of self-defense in the death of Jennifer Turner on Aug. 21, 2009 in a highly publicized trial in Davie County.
Turner testified that his wife attacked him with a spear and that he stabbed her to the throat in self-defense.
Turner filed a lawsuit on Nov. 14, and named SBI Agents Gerald Thomas and Duane Deaver, along with SBI Director Robin Pendergraft and two unnamed supervisors responsible for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
Turner is suing all of the above for negligence. The suit alleges Thomas and Deaver conducted unscientific tests to shore up a new theory during the death investigation of Jennifer Turner.
The suit claims the new theory determined Dr. Turner’s wounds were self-inflicted; that his wife did not attack him; and that Dr. Turner staged the scene to look like self-defense.
The suit claims Thomas and Deaver videotaped themselves wiping “blood” from a knife to a shirt in an effort to prove the blood found on Dr. Turner’s shirt was caused by a knife being wiped to the shirt, not a hand.
After numerous attempts, according to the suit, Thomas and Deaver managed to obtain a smear with a knife that was similar to the smear on Dr. Turner’s shirt from the night of Jennifer Turner’s death and when that smear was obtained Deaver can be heard saying “Oh, even better! Holy cow, that …