Double murder trial to begin after four year delay

Jury selection to begin in high-profile murder case

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After four years, a trial for a man accused of double-murder is set to start in a few weeks.

Lee Turner Jr. is on trial for allegedly killing two co-workers. Police say Turner shot and killed Randy Chaney and Edward Gurtner at the Carquest Auto Parts on Airline Hwy in 2011. Turner was hired less than two weeks before. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty and jury selection started Monday.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said cases like this can take time to get rolling.

"These cases take five to six years just to get to trial," said Moore. "These are very time consuming cases."

The last person sentenced to death in East Baton Rouge Parish was Dacarius Holiday. Holiday was convicted of beating to death his girlfriend's two-year old son, back in 2010. Moore said since that time, the parish has had other death penalty cases. None of those ended with a death sentence.

"It seems to be that way around the state and the country," said Moore "Death penalties are somewhat on the decline. And I know for Baton Rouge they have probably have for the last few years."

We have reached out to Turner's attorneys for comment, but they have not returned our calls.

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