Stepmother and Father Arrested on Murder Charges in 1989 Cold Case Killing of South Carolina Boy

CROSS HILL, S.C. – A couple in Cross Hill, South Carolina, has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of a 5-year-old boy who went missing in 1989. Victor Lee Turner, 69, and Megan R. Turner, 63, were taken into custody on Tuesday at their residence, according to Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis.

The body of Justin Turner, the 5-year-old boy, was discovered in a camper next to the couple’s home. Authorities determined that he had been asphyxiated. The case against the Turners has been in the spotlight for years, with Megan Turner (formerly Pamela K. Turner) previously facing charges that were later withdrawn. However, authorities were able to link the ligature used in the boy’s death to the shirt collar he was wearing at the time.

It was noted that the Turners did not show much interest in the investigation, which puzzled the sheriff. According to Lewis, the killing of Justin Turner had a profound impact on the close-knit community. The arrest held special significance for cousin Amy Parsons, who was 8 years old when Justin was killed, as she has been instrumental in keeping the case alive for the family.

The investigation into the cold case was aided by advancements in DNA and forensic evidence technology, which helped to provide crucial evidence in the case. The couple has not yet retained legal representation for their defense, and bond has not been set for their release.

The case of Justin Turner’s murder has been a dark cloud over the community for over 30 years, leading to the arrest of the Turners in connection with his tragic death. As the investigation continues, authorities are working to ensure that justice is served in this heartbreaking case.