Turner pleads guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der

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AN­NAPO­LIS — A for­mer Gra­sonville woman pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the stab­bing death of an­other woman with ties to Queen Anne’s County in what prose­cu­tors called a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Tashaya Raeshone Turner, 38, pleaded guilty in an agree­ment with the Anne Arun­del State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, which, in ex­change, will drop the re­main­ing charges against her and rec­om­mend a 15-year sen­tence.

On Dec. 5, 2016, po­lice re­sponded to Moun­tain Road in Glen Burnie for an as­sault in progress, and when they ar­rived, they found I’kea Ni­cole Jack­son, 28, ly­ing out­side an apart­ment build­ing, and she ap­peared to be suf­fer­ing from stab wounds.

The fire depart­ment trans­ported Jack­son to the Bal­ti­more Wash­ing­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where she died from her in­juries. A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was per­formed on Jack­son and her death was ruled homi­cide by mul­ti­ple stab wounds.

Jack­son, who had no fixed ad­dress, was stay­ing in dif­fer­ent places in Glen Burnie, po­lice said. Ac­cord­ing to her obit­u­ary, she was once a stu­dent in Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools and played bas­ket­ball for one sea­son at Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville.

De­tec­tives can­vassed the area, in­ter­viewed wit­nesses and tried to piece to­gether the chain of events that led to Jack­son’s death. As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued, sev­eral pieces of ev­i­dence re­lated to the crime were re­cov­ered and sub­mit­ted for foren­sic anal­y­sis.

On Dec. 6, po­lice se­cured an ar­rest war­rant charg­ing Turner with mur­der, and on Dec. 7, homi­cide de­tec­tives ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a res­i­dence in Bal­ti­more and took Turner into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent. Po­lice orig­i­nally said Turner lived in Gra­sonville Ter­race, Gra­sonville. But court records now list her ad­dress as Bal­ti­more.

Po­lice said they based the mur­der charge on an eye­wit­ness who said she saw the stab­bing hap­pen through her pa­tio door.

The wit­ness said she was walk­ing near Jack­son in the front of 114 Moun­tain Road in Glen Burnie when Jack­son was ap­proached by a black fe­male who be­gan ar­gu­ing with her, said the ap­pli­ca­tion for state­ment of charges filed by po­lice in Dis­trict Court.

“The wit­ness re­treated to her res­i­dence and saw through her pa­tio door that the black fe­male sus­pect was re­peat­edly strik­ing Jack­son us­ing a stab­bing mo­tion with her arm. Af­ter stab­bing Ms. Jack­son, the black fe­male sus­pect fled the scene,” court records said.

A knife was lo­cated at the scene. When in­ter­viewed by po­lice, the wit­ness was able to pos­i­tively iden­tify the black fe­male as Turner, said court records.

In an ear­lier in­ter­view, Heather Ep­kins, spokes­woman for the Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, said if Turner were con­victed of all the charges against her, the sen­tence could have added up to 68 years in jail.



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