Appeals court backs statement ruling in Colton Turner’s death
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.