Turenne Advised Not to Talk

By: Mike Tolbert
By: Mike Tolbert

When Monique Turenne spoke to us Saturday night, it was the first time she'd spoken publicly about her husband's murder and her side of a story that she now wishes came out in court, but her lawyer, public defender Walter Smith, says talking is what got her into trouble in the first place.

The story Monique Turenne told to Newschannel 7 about her husband David Turenne's murder contained details rarely, if at all, mentioned in her trail.

It was a story about a man with a knife who broke into her home, how he was looking for a briefcase full of money, and how David Turenne's death was payback for a business deal gone bad between him and Ralph Crompton.

Monique said, "He was double crossing them. That's what it comes down to."

Steve Meadows, State Attorney, says, "Yet another story from her. She seems to have a different story every time she speaks, and this is yet another version."

Turenne's attorney, Walter Smith, said Monique Turenne is facing a possible life sentence because she spoke to Canadian authorities. Smith says Turenne needs to tell her story to a courtroom, not a court of public opinion.

"It’s very dangerous to make any kind of statement because you can always find somebody to contradict what you're saying, whether it’s true or not.

Turenne also criticized Smith for evidence and testimony he "didn't" introduce in court.

"We weren't able to bring forth the testimony from the Crompton trial later. I was floored when all of a sudden he's not bringing that forth, and why not?”

"I wanted to use portions of his testimony from his trial, but I was encumbered by the judge’s ruling that if I admitted certain portions, then the state was permitted to introduce other portions of the trial and I felt that I couldn't proceed in that function."

Prosecutors says it doesn't matter what kind of new evidence or appeal Smith files. They're confident their conviction will stick.

Steve Meadows says, "She had the opportunity to give this account at the trial if she chose to, but she didn't because the evidence showed exactly what we alleged in this case and that she, along with her lover, Ralph Crompton, took the life a of good and honorable man."

Monique Turenne will be sentenced August 2, but it could be at least two years before the courts decide her first appeal, and Smith believes it could reach the state supreme court, which could mean up to four years before a judge could hear the case.

Smith will not argue Turenne's appeal. That would be handled by appellate court attorneys and the state attorney general's office.


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