New Details In Turnage Death, Funeral Plans Set

Greenville Police have released more details about the events they say led up to the death of a local high school football player.

Detectives say 19-year-old Thomas Lee Conlan is the one they believe planned the robbery early Friday morning that led to the shooting death of 18-year-old Tony Turnage. That's according to the Daily Reflector. The newspaper says Conlan, a J.H. Rose High graduate, stayed outside the apartment of Kenneth Sprouse while Turnage and two others went in. The paper says Conlan stayed outside because Sprouse knew who he was, detectives believe.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements for Turnage are set. An obituary says a memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon at Mitchell's Funeral Home in Greenville, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Turnage's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday.

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Greenville police have released more information into a shooting Friday morning that left a Rose High School student dead.

Kenneth Sprouse was charged Friday with the 2nd degree murder of Tony Turnage. Turnage was killed in what police say was a drug robbery of Sprouse at his Cypress Gardens apartment. Sprouse's bond is set at $200,000 and remains in jail.

Several others have been charged for the robbery of Sprouse.

18-year-old Terry Streeter, 17-year-old Michael Mooring II, 16-year-old Thomas Edwards, and 19-year-old Thomas Conlan, all of Greenville, have been charged with first degree burglary, second degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Streeter is a senior at Rose, Edwards a junior, while Conlan is a Rose graduate. Mooring is a senior at North Pitt High School.

All four are in jail under a $150,000 bond.

Pitt County Schools say Sprouse practiced with the Rose wrestling team last November, but was always under supervision.

Even though Sprouse's Facebook page says he's an ECU student, the university says he is not currently enrolled.

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Greenville Police say J.H. Rose High School football player Tony Turnage was shot and killed by the resident of an apartment he and two other Rose students had just robbed.

Police say Turnage and the other students, armed with a gun, knife, and bat, approached apartment 122 at Cypress Gardens along 1401 East 10th St. around 3 a.m. Friday.

Police say the resident inside, 20 year-old Kenneth Andrew Sprouse heard a knock at the door. That's when police say Turnage and the other two forced their way inside, assaulted Sprouse, took money, marijuana, and a laptop. Police say as they were leaving Sprouse grabbed a shotgun and hit Turnage and killed him.

The two other students with Turnage dumped him at PCMH. Police say those two are in custody.

Surveillance video from the hospital shows Turnage being dropped off
just moments before he was pronounced dead. WITN chose not to air that video or post that video on upon its release Friday because of several reasons: the suspects and vehicle shown in the video were already identified by police; WITN News has a policy not to air video of deceased individuals. Turnage's condition is unclear in the video, though we do know it appears less than five minutes passed upon the arrival at the hospital and when his death was pronounced; and out of the respect for his family and his fellow students at J.H. Rose High School.

Police are still looking for two others who they say orchestrated the robbery.

Police Chief William Anderson says Sprouse had just taken possession of an amount of drugs considered more than for personal use and that was the target of the robbery.

Sprouse is being charged with second degree murder. His first court appearance is set for Monday. Police say all of the individuals involved knew each other.


A high school football player is dead, after a shooting in Greenville.

Officials say Tony Turnage died overnight. The medical examiner says Turnage was found with three bullet wounds, one in the back, head and neck. He was pronounced dead at 3:02 a.m.

The J.H. Rose football coach tells WITN news Turnage was shot and died last night.

Coach Todd Lipe said "our hearts and prayers go out to the Turnage family and his friends. Tony was a great kid and it's a shame that this happened. We hope that police will be able to solve this crime quickly."

Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning says he got a call around 3:24 a.m. saying a 18-year-old man had been dropped off at the ER at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The sheriff said the people who brought the young man to the hospital left before hospital officials could give any information.

We are trying to confirm where the shooting took place.

A press conference is scheduled 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Greenville Police Department.

Turnage is the second Rose High player to die this school year. In September Jaquan Waller died from injuries he received in a game against Hoggard High School.

Stay with WITN News and for more on this story as information becomes available.

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