Severity of Springfield man's charges could increase
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Prosecutors seek to raise the severity of a murder charge against a Springfield man accused of killing his girlfriend.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that paperwork was filed April 5 to change the second-degree murder charge against 39-year-old Shawn Turner to first-degree murder. Prosecutors made the decision based on their belief they can prove the killing was premeditated.
Turner allegedly told police he fatally shot 31-year-old Kristi Spurlock three or four times in their home in January during an argument over money. He then allegedly shot himself in the head but survived.
Turner could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty should he receive the new conviction.
He is currently being held in Greene County Jail on $750,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.