Ap­peals court backs state­ment rul­ing in Colton Turner’s death

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ryan Au­tullo rautullo@states­man.com

The Third Court of Ap­peals has de­cided it will not re­con­sider its ear­lier de­ci­sion to al­low a bulk of state­ments — in­clud­ing a con­fes­sion — into Mea­gan Work’s trial in the death of her young son Colton Brandt Turner.

Work’s at­tor­ney Ariel Payan asked the court in Fe­bru­ary to re­con­sider its rul­ing that re­versed a state judge’s 2015 de­ci­sion to sup­press two hours of state­ments Work made to Cedar Park po­lice about Colton’s dis­ap­pear­ance. Travis County state Dis­trict Judge David Wahlberg had ruled the po­lice un­law­fully ar­rested Work by ques­tion­ing her for more than 20 hours.

The higher court judges called the ar­rest law­ful be­cause Work had com­mit­ted a crime by ly­ing to po­lice about the where­abouts of her son.

Payan could now ap­peal to the Texas Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peals, the state’s high­est court for crim­i­nal cases.

Colton’s body was found in a shal­low grave in south Austin on Sept. 12, 2014. He was 2.

An Oct. 30 trial date is set. Work, 22, is charged with tam­per­ing with phys­i­cal ev­i­dence and in­jury to a child.

Her boyfriend, Michael Turner, pleaded guilty in Fe­bru­ary 2016 to in­jury to a child by reck­less omis­sion and two charges of tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. He was sen­tenced to 20 years in prison.

Mea­gan Work is slated to go to trial Oct. 30 on charges re­lated to son Colton Turner’s death.

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