On January 5, 2001 Washington D.C.,
investigators charged Darryl D. Turner with a third murder three over a
three-year period. Turner, 36, was charged with the 1995 murder
of Toni Ann Burdine. Burdine, a known prostitute and drug user, was
found in an open field in the Northeastern section of the city May 4,
1995. The 32-year-old had been raped and strangled to death.
Three years later police arrested
Turner for two similar slayings. After reopening the Burdine case,
authorities were able to match a strain of semen taken from her body to
Turner has already been charged with first-degree murder
in the 1997 deaths of Jacqueline Teresa Birch, 39, and Dana Hill,34.
Both women are known prostitutes and had been strangled. Further, all three victims have been found near Turner's home.
Turner has pleaded not guilty to all three attacks.
D.C. police believe there may be more
charges to come as they investigate Turner's possible connection to at
least four other unsolved killings of neighborhood women who worked as
The additional victims are Lateashia Blocker, 28, who was
found in 1995 in the same empty house as Teresa Birch; Emile Dennis, 42,
who was discovered in December 1997 in a crawl space beneath the
townhouse where Turner lived with his wife; Jessica Cole, 41, whose body
was found badly mutilated in October 1996; y Priscilla Mosley, 49.
Turner was not the initial suspect in
the slayings of Birch and Hill. The most compelling evidence police have
so far revealed against Turner, in addition to the DNA matches, is the
testimony of a former girlfriend who Turner is charged with raping and
In a 1997 hearing, the woman testified that Turner once said he
preferred violent sex, including strangulation, because he had "trouble
achieving sexual enjoyment any other way." The woman also told
police that, while attacking her, Turner said he was "tired of
paying you [women] for sex."
Darryl D. Turner
January 5, 2001
D.C. man has been charged with three murders over a three-year period.
Darryl D. Turner, 36, was charged with the 1995 murder of Toni Ann
Burdine. Burdine, a known prostitute and drug user, was found in an open
field in the Northeastern section of the city May 4, 1995. The
32-year-old had been raped and strangled to death.