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Meansville man denied bond after running wife down with car

A 39-year-old Meansville man was denied bond in Lamar superior court September 28 on a string of charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly intentionally ran over his wife with his vehicle. Jamie Earl Turner, of 227 Pitts Rd., is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and reckless conduct. The indictment against him alleges he used a vehicle to ‘strike, knock down and run over’ Stacey Turner causing disfiguration. The incident occurred July 17 on an on ramp at the intersection of Indian Trial and Veterans Parkway in Barnesville. Turner is represented by Jacob Weldon who argued the incident was an accident and his client loaded his wife into his vehicle after striking her and drove her to the emergency room in Griffin. He also noted all charges against Turner were subsequently dropped in magistrate court. City investigators and the district attorney’s office presented the case to the Lamar grand jury Sept. 13, indictments were returned and a bench warrant was issued. Turner was arrested Sept. 26. Arguing for bond, Weldon said, ‘She came at him. She jumped in front of the car. She does not want him to go to prison. There have been no issues since.’ Weldon also noted the couple has a child with severe cerebral palsy and rely on the defendant’s income and insurance from Norfolk-Southern for treatment. Prosecutors brought up a previous incident in which there was video allegedly showing Turner with both hands around his wife’s neck, forcing her to the ground. That resulted in a stay away order that has since expired. BPD officer Belinda Pennamon testified there was an eyewitness to the most recent incident who was so upset he followed the Turner vehicle all the way to the hospital. ’There has been violence and threats for a long time. This is a textbook case of domestic violence. We have a nurse from the hospital who will testify that he was telling her to tell us it was an accident,’ Pennamon said. Judge Bill Fears denied bond, noting Jamie Turner posed ‘a substantial risk to commit another felony’.

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