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Person of interest in local murders arrested in West Virginia

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:37 pm

A person of interest who was wanted in connection to the murder of his step-mother and young half-brother was taken into custody earlier today in West Virginia.

According to Lieutenant Autumn Davis, the public information officer for the Charleston Police Department, Jack Elijah Turner, 21, was arrested at around 1 p.m. at the Charleston Greyhound bus station.

While Turner was sought after in the double homicide of Shannon Whitman, 49, and her 10-year-old son which took place Saturday, his arrest was performed on an active warrant for an allegedly stolen vehicle. Turner is accused of stealing a gray/silver 2009 Lincoln MKS Sedan that belonged to Whitman.

The murders took place at Whitman's residence in Guys Mills. Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz confirmed to The Herald on Tuesday that Turner was related to both victims.

When pressed for details, Davis said that the Charleston Police Department is not releasing further information regarding the arrest, though confirmed he is still in the department's custody. According to the Meadville-based State Police, who were heading the local search for Turner, he was arrested without incident.

State Police said that the Charleston Police Department worked with the United States Marshals and the St. Augustine, Florida Police Department to make the arrest. According to State Police, Turner will be extradited back to Pennsylvania to face charges for armed robbery in Millcreek Township and theft of a motor vehicle in Crawford County.

He remains a person of interest in the homicide of Whitman and her son. Investigation is ongoing.

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  • Jahoba posted at 7:11 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2019.

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  • Maryjane16354 posted at 12:25 pm on Fri, Aug 16, 2019.

    Maryjane16354 Posts: 39

    Why does SSDD constantly berated the citizens of Titusville? Specifically this Jahoba character. I must admit I certainly don’t agree with all his/her comments, but I think the point of this forum is to talk about the article and not belittle people. I find it odd that someone from Utah is regularly coming in the happenings of Titusville. Sure the Herald does a great job at publishing their articles, but when you don’t live in town you miss most, if not all of the news. This is a great forum to express ourselves about what’s going on in Titusville. Let’s keep it clean.

  • SSDD posted at 6:42 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2019.

    SSDD Posts: 40

    What you’re describing is a Police State. Who wants that? I’ve decided that for your voice of reactionary non reason, I’m the voice of common sense. You can call me whatever you want, you can treat me like the enemy....your punching bag. That’s fine. But 90% of the time you’re wrong and seem to only comment on things to stir the pot.

    As citizens we have a right to freely travel within the borders of our country. I realize this guy broke the law (and in a violent manner no less) but if you didn’t know who he was then how are you supposed to keep him within a certain boundary? Impossibru.

    It’s easier to prevent a criminal from absconding from justice when they are already in custody or have an ankle monitor attached to their person.

    It’s difficult to gauge where you stand. Sometimes you sound like a triggered Leftist, other times you echo the policies of an early 80s Republican. Well, most the time you seem to be a blend of the two, leaning heavily towards emulating the heavy handedness of Duerte. What’s next? You’ll want TPD to drop “criminals” from helicopters?

  • Jahoba posted at 8:58 pm on Wed, Aug 14, 2019.

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    It is a shame Titusville doesn’t have the resources to keep the criminals from fleeing the city limits. The officers presently employed do a great job. If there were more officers this might not have happened.


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