Police: Double Murder Suspect Stole Guns, Medication from Victim's Home
Homicide charges have been filed against the man accused of killing his stepmother and brother at a Crawford County home on August 10th, according to the Crawford County District Attorney.
Jack Turner, 21, was arraigned Monday on two counts of criminal homicide, one count of burglary and four counts of theft by unlawful taking. He is being held in the Crawford County Correctional Facility without bond.
He is accused of killing his stepmother Shannon Whitman, 49, and his brother Darrin Whitman, 10, at their home in the 13100 block of State Highway 198 in Guys Mills. Investigators said both were both shot in the head.
Investigators say they were discovered dead by Turner's father when he came home from work, "It's a horrific case, anytime you have somebody killed it's awful, but when it's alleged that it's a family member who killed his stepmom and a 10-year-old little boy, it just makes it hard to deal with for a lot of people," said Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz.
According to the criminal complaint, Turner stole several items from the victims' home, including his father's .22 caliber rifle, Shannon Whitman's .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a safe, and prescription medications. According to Schultz, the two guns police say he stole were not one of the weapons Turner allegedly used in the homicide.
Turner was initially charged August 11th with the theft of the Whitman’s 2009 Lincoln MKS vehicle.
He is also charged with the robbery of a Kwik Fill in Millcreek Township on August 11th.
After a nationwide manhunt, law enforcement arrested Turner at a bus station in Charleston, West Virginia.
He was brought back to Crawford County on August 28th, where he's been sitting in the prison ever since, "Investigations like this take a long time because we want to do it right. There was no rush in this case because we had a theft charge against Mr. Turner for allegedly stealing the car," said Schultz. "He's been in jail since the end of August, so time was on our side, and I always want to make sure we do things right, not just fast," Schultz continued.
Turner faces life in prison if convicted.