Attorneys for CarQuest murder suspect seek additional funds

Lee Turner Jr. (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Lee Turner Jr. (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lawyers for Lee Turner Jr., 24, of Baton Rouge, appeared in court Wednesday to ask the judge to order more funding for his defense.

Turner is accused of shooting Edward Gurtner, 43, and Randy Chaney, 54, at the CarQuest Auto Parts on Airline Highway in 2011. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Turner also robbed the store.

The victims were found dead in a back room of the store on March 27, 2011. The wife of one of the victims is the person who discovered the bodies. Turner was arrested the following day.

He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Investigators said Turner not only worked at a different CarQuest Auto Parts store from where the deadly shootings occurred, but that's where authorities picked him up.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said once Turner was in custody he confessed to killing the two victims. The sheriff added the suspect essentially broke down.

Turner's attorney tried to get the taped confession tossed from the case. District Court Judge Richard Anderson watched part of Turner's 11-hour interrogation.

He denied it at first, saying he was just trying to help a friend fix his car. The deputies testified they found cash and a bank bag at Turner's house.

Anderson later ruled the confession can be used in the trial. He also sided with detectives that they had probable cause to search Turner's home after the shooting.

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