Court Appearances Today In Turnage Case

Three people facing charges in a robbery that police say led to a high school student's death were due in court Wednesday.

J.H. Rose High School student Tony Turnage was shot and killed in Greenville in April. Police say the man whose apartment Turnage and others broke into shot Turnage as he ran away.

Court calendars show 16-year-old Thomas Edwards, 18-year-old Michael Mooring II and 18-year-old Terry Streeter are all due in court, facing armed robbery charges for the break-in.

20-year-old Kenneth Sprouse was charged in the shooting of Turnage, though the court calendars don't show when he's due in court again. The same is true for 19-year-old Thomas Lee Conlan, whom police say planned the break-in.

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  • by ashley Location: greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    dont be up here tryna talk about these boys like they're the only people who have made mistakes. yea this mistake was huge and somebody lost their life butkenneth should also be guilty because tony was running away when he got shot, so it definitely not self defense.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Well there needs to be some changes in these laws. In Louisiana and I think in Georgia as well, you can shoot at someone that busts through and breaks into your home. I know I would whether it's legal or illegal, even if it means years of prison. That is one of the last things I would put up with. N.C. has some real messed up laws, let alone laws that are not that clearly stated. I am sure the reason behind that is to try to bust someone for doing any breaking the law and not knowing that, because it's not clearly understood, in order to swindle more dollars from the citizens. That's how corrupt these selfish crooks are.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    WITN please post both of my comments or neither one. I do not wish to communicate something that may be misunderstood! I am not a lawyer and do not wish my comments to be viewed as legal advice or guidance!
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    What I posted about the Castle Doctrine is not to be interpreted as law. You are responsible for reading and determining what is legal and what is not. § 14‑51.1. Use of deadly physical force against an intruder. (a) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence is justified in using any degree of force that the occupant reasonably believes is necessary, including deadly force, against an intruder to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence or to terminate the intruder's unlawful entry (i) if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others in the home or residence, or (ii) if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder intends to commit a felony in the home or residence.(b) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder in the circumstances described in this section. Hopefully this will correct any misunderstand.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    I am very sorry the young man was killed, but maybe some good can come of this. Maybe someone else who thinks robbery is a viable solution to money problems will think twice before committing a crime. Why was Sprouse charged, because the victim was running away? N.C. gun laws are skewed toward the criminal and not the home owner. Thank Politico Deborah Ross-Wake Co. for stalling the Castle Doctrine law in the Judiciary Committee I, as she is holding up the bill so it will not be voted on and can die in committee. She dosen't think that you should be able to shoot someone entering your home for illegal purposes. See Senate Bill 928(?). It basically would fix the law, where it is illegal for you to shoot someone in your house if you have an avenue of escape (ie. a back door for the home owner to run out of) if the criminal comes in the front. Read the current laws on your rights as a home owner and self defense, you will be surprised at what you can and can not do!!!You can't just shoot!
  • by firethechief on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    Again my comments were not posted!
  • by Learned his lesson on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    It sucks for Turnage's family, but he did it to them. No matter what a low life Sprouse was, these punks have to know what is in store if they commit a crime.

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