Monique Turenne’s nine-year battle for freedom ended Friday night as a Bay County Circuit Court judge convicted her in the murder of her husband, Canadian Air Force Major David Turenne back in 1996.
Local jurors deliberated a little more than two hours before returning the guilty verdict to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.
The jury’s decision brought tears to the eyes of David Turenne’s family. They told NewsChannel Seven they always felt Monique played a role in their son’s death in the Forest Park section of Panama City in January 1996.
Monique had been charged with first-degree murder, but the jury returned a guilty verdict to a lesser charge of second-degree murder.
State Attorney Steve Meadows wanted a first-degree murder conviction, but said he is satisfied with the jury’s second-degree guilty verdict.
Back in late 1996, Meadows, who was an assistant state attorney back then, helped prosecute Monique’s lover, Ralph Crompton, for his part in the murder. He is serving a life in prison sentence and refused to testify against Monique during this week’s trial.
She is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on August 2. Her attorney, Walter Smith, already says he plans to appeal. She could get as much as life in prison.