- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 24, 2007

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — A former 911 operator was convicted yesterday of murdering her boyfriend by poisoning him with antifreeze.

Lynn Turner could face a death sentence in the 2001 killing of Randy Thompson, a Forsyth County firefighter and the father of her two children. The same jury that convicted Turner will return to court at 9 a.m. tomorrow to decide whether to impose that sentence.

She is serving a life sentence for the 1995 death of her husband, Glenn Turner, a Cobb County police officer. The murder charge in Mr. Thompson’s death was filed after that 2004 conviction.

Defense attorney Jimmy Berry said the verdict was not unexpected.

“You know when you’ve got one conviction already it’s really tough to convince a jury she had nothing to do with the second [death],” Mr. Berry said.

District Attorney Penny Penn declined to comment after the verdict.

Turner, who had maintained her innocence in both cases, did not testify in either trial.

In closing arguments Friday, Miss Penn said the motive in both cases was Turner’s greed for the victims’ life-insurance money.

Lawyers for Turner, 38, rested their case earlier Friday after a defense toxicologist testified that while one of the victims showed signs of antifreeze poisoning the other did not, casting doubt on the prosecution theory that the deaths were similar.

Prosecutors said tests on their bodies showed they were poisoned with ethylene glycol, a sweet but odorless chemical in antifreeze. During Turner’s 2004 trial they suggested it could have been placed in foods such as Jell-O.

Miss Penn said during her closing argument Friday that even though no one saw her do it, Turner was the last person with both men before they became ill and was the last person to give them anything to eat or drink.

Defense lawyer Vic Reynolds said the prosecution’s evidence adds up to character assassination, not murder.

“They can predict. They can assume, but that isn’t the law,” Mr. Reynolds said.

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