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UPDATE: Family "Moving On" after Cousin's Killer Sentenced to 30 Years

By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email
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UPDATE 8/29/13 @ 9:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For the family of murder victim Terry Clark - Thursday’s sentencing of their cousin's killer was about moving forward and leaving a painful past behind.

“He took someone away from us that we loved very much - and now he's going to pay for what he did,” said Clark’s cousin Sally Burger.

Thursday afternoon, Judge James Stucky sentenced Daniel Turner to 30 years in prison for Clark's murder. Turner pleaded guilty in late July to the second-degree murder charge. He faced up to 40 years in prison.

Turner admitted to killing Clark in 1999. Police found her body along Route 119 in Roane County-- naked. More than a decade had passed before police got a hit on Turner's DNA. The DNA match put Turner at the scene of Clark's brutal murder.

Turner was serving out a federal sentence in Tennessee on unrelated gun and drug charges when Charleston detectives questioned him about the murder.

“Did I think I got away? Yes and no,” Turner said in court Thursday.

Clark's family echoed the same sentiment saying at times they thought justice would never be served.

“We didn't think this would ever be solved, so this gives us the ability to let it rest and move on,” Burger said.

Now 14 years later, Turner's past has caught up with him and his future will be spent in a jail cell for those past decisions and the years of pain he caused the Clark family.

“I know you're going to sentence me to a number of years,” Turner said to Judge Stucky,” but I want you to know that I’m going to use them years wisely.”

UPDATE 8/29/13 @ 2:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Daniel Turner has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 1999 murder of Terry Clark.

Turner has said on the night of the murder he thought Clark -- a known prostitute -- set him up to be robbed. Turner admitted to strangling the woman with a shoelace before dumping her naked body along U.S. 119 in Roane County.

Turner apologized to Clark's family during his sentencing hearing Thursday afternoon.

He was given credit for time served.

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UPDATE 7/22/13 @ 6:48 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A cold case of murder is one step closer to being closed. That was after Daniel Turner pleaded guilty Monday morning to the 1999 murder of Terry Clark.

Outside of court Monday, Clark’s family said the guilty plea brought them some sense of relief.

“Now that we know who killed her, we can have some closure,” Clark’s cousin Sally Bergur said.

Turner had been serving federal time since 2004 on gun and drug charges in a Tennessee prison.

The Charleston Police Department got a break in Clark’s case when Turner's DNA was entered into CODIS -- a federal DNA database. His DNA was a match to crime scene evidence from Clark's murder.

“The hardest part was hearing the document read about what happened to my cousin, the fact that her father died and never knew who had killed his daughter,” Bergur said.

Turner has said on the night of the murder he thought Clark -- a known prostitute -- set him up to be robbed. Turner admitted to strangling the woman with a shoelace before dumping her naked body along U.S. 119 in Roane County.

“We loved her, we cared about her and to have what happened to her -- it was incomprehensible,” Bergur said.

Despite the 14 years that have passed since the murder, police say Turner wasn’t surprised when Charleston detectives showed up at the prison in Tennessee.

“The way his demeanor changed, you could tell he had been expecting to hear from us,” said Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper.

Turner is scheduled to be sentenced in late August for the second-degree murder charge and faces up to 40 years in prison.



UPDATE 7/22/13 @ 10:15 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man charged in a 1999 murder case in Charleston pleaded guilty on Monday.

Daniel Turner, 46, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Terry Clark.

Police say Turner strangled Clark and then left her naked body along Route 119 near Walton in Roane County.

Turned entered his plea just before his trial was set to get underway.

This 1999 murder was a cold case until earlier this year when investigators were able to charge Turner after matching his DNA with evidence from the crime scene.

Turner is scheduled to be sentenced on August 29.

Turner is currently serving time in a federal prison in Tennessee on gun and drug charges.

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UPDATE 4/12/13 @ 2:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspect in a cold case murder made his first appearance in a Kanawha County courtroom Friday morning.

Daniel Turner pleaded not guilty to killing Terry Clark back in 1999.

Police say Turner strangled Clark and then left her naked body along Route 119 near Walton in Roane County.

Turner's trial has been set for July 22.



UPDATE 2/1/13 @ 9:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspect in a West Virginia cold case murder was a no show in court Friday morning.

Daniel Turner is in a federal prison in Tennessee on gun and drug charges.

Prosecutors had not filed the proper paperwork to bring Turner back to West Virginia.

Police say in 1999 Turner strangled Terry Clark in Charleston. Her body was then found naked along Route 119 near Walton in Roane County.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been indicted on a murder charge in a cold case that's more than 10 years old, police say.

Daniel Turner, who is currently in federal prison in Tennessee on gun and drug charges, is suspected of killing Terry Clark in 1999.

Clark's body was found naked along Route 119 near Walton in Roane County, W.Va. Police say she had been strangled.

Investigators were able to charge Turner after matching his DNA with evidence from the crime scene.

Turner is expected to be extradited for arraignment in Kanawha County on Feb. 1.


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