Hearing Postponed in Fisher Murder



The sister of murder victim Emily Fisher has been informed that the next court date for Alfred Turner has been reset from December 15th to January 6th.  Turner was convicted  of facilitation of felony murder in 2007, but that conviction was overturned in 2010 and Turner was granted a new trial. However, defense attorneys are trying to negotiate a plea bargain. If Turner pleads guilty, he will walk free, having already served eight years of a 25-year sentence.

Katherine Klyce, who lives in Delaware and has been fighting 17 years for justice on behalf of her sister,  says the attorney general's office told her that Turner needs more time to consider the offer. "His initial response," says Klyce, "is that he doesn't want to take the deal [which means he would move ahead with another trial] but he wants to talk to his family."

Turner's original verdit was overtuned because jurors in the 2007 trial were told that two men first accused of the homicide — Rodney Blades and George Tate — were acquitted  in 1996. Defense attorneys claim that the prosecution could have prejudiced the jury by informing them of a previous acquittal. Klyce says the thought of Turner being released is "outrageous."

For an in-depth account of a nearly 17-year-old murder that shocked the city and continues to grieve a family,  read the two-part series published in the October and November 2007 issues of Memphis:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

The Cheesecake Factory Opens in Memphis This Week

Take a sneak peek inside the restaurant, opening September 1st.
2015.08.31 11:50 AM

Trinity United Methodist Church Celebrates 100 Years This Month

The beautiful church has been a landmark in the Evergreen neighborhood since 1917.
2015.09.01 09:09 AM

Five Things To Do This Weekend in Memphis September 4th-6th

Slide into a brew-tiful weekend.
2015.09.03 02:00 PM
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Stories

Our Power Box

Launched by Memphian Tami Sawyer, Our Power Box brings together black-owned businesses and consumers.
2015.09.04 12:37 PM

Five Things To Do This Weekend in Memphis September 4th-6th

Slide into a brew-tiful weekend.
2015.09.03 02:00 PM

On a Mission from God

Local gospel rapper Terrence “T.B.” Boyce received a Lifetime Achievement Award, issued by the White House in honor of his volunteer work and continued effort to bring a positive message to today’s youth.
2015.09.02 12:01 PM

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags


The “Memphis” magazine staff blog

About This Blog

“901” is the current affairs blog compiled by the staff of Memphis magazine, where readers can find breaking-news tidbits relating to all facets of life in the Bluff City. 

Edited by Shara Clark, Contemporary Media’s special projects editor, this blog’s regular participants include long-time Memphis editors such as Michael Finger, Jackson Baker, Frank Murtaugh, and Kenneth Neill. “901” also includes regular contributions from Inside Memphis Business staffers Richard Alley and Eileen Townsend, as well as the staff of the Memphis Flyer.

Every Thursday our Calendar Editor, Julie Ray, posts her picks for the weekend's events and activities.

“901” is the place where Memphis readers can “dial in” to find fresh reporting of recent developments in our city’s political, economic, and cultural life.

Recent Posts

Archives

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the 901 Feed »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags