Crime

Authorities didn't know teacher shot until 12 hours later

Authorities didn't know teacher shot until 12 hours later

By Bill McAuliffe
Southern Minnesota Correspondent

Austin, Minn.
Investigators did not discover that Sharon Turnbull had been shot to death until 12 hours after neighbors found her body, testimony revealed Monday.

The testimony came during the first day of the first-degree-murder trial of a 14-year-old youth charged with shooting her in her home in Lyle, Minn., in August.

Turnbull, 31, a teacher, was shot while sitting on her living room floor, sewing and watching television.

Judge postpones trial of boy accused in teacher's death

Judge postpones trial of boy accused in teacher's death

Associated Press

Austin, Minn.
The trial of a 14-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of Lyle, Minn., teacher Sharon Turnbull has been postponed until Dec. 20.

The trial was to have begun Dec. 13 in Austin juvenile court, but Judge Harold Krieger rescheduled it because of late briefs filed by attorneys. The boy was a pupil of the 33-year-old teacher, who was shot in her house last August.

Dec. 13 trial set in teacher's death

Dec. 13 trial set in teacher's death
Associated Press

Austin, Minn.
A 14-year-old boy accused in the shooting death of a Lyle, Minn., teacher, will go on trial Dec. 13 in Mower County District Court in Austin.

The boy will stand trial as a juvenile. Juvenile court proceedings normally are closed to the public, but Judge Harold Krieger ruled last week that the news media would be allowed to cover the trial, under certain restrictions.

Lyle boy's slaying trial to be open to media

Lyle boy's slaying trial to be open to media

By Staff Writer

The juvenile court trial of a Lyle, Minn., boy accused of killing his former teacher will be open to the press, Judge Harold G. Krieger of Rochester said Tuesday.

Krieger said news media representatives must agree not to disclose the boy's name, physical characteristics, relatives, addresses, family history or any other fact that could directly or indirectly identify him or his family. The judge also warned that photographs, tape recordings and sketches are not be made during the trial.

News organizations ask access to juvenile's trial

News organizations ask access to juvenile's trial

By Staff Correspondent

Austin, Minn.
Lawyer for news organizations asked Tuesday that the juvenile court trial of a Lyle, Minn., boy accused of killing his former teacher be open to the press.

They said news coverage would help the public understand how juvenile proceedings work and counter rumors and speculation with accurate reporting. They also said the youth's privacy would be protected because news organizations don't name defendants in juvenile court.

Lyle: Sheriff questions youths after teacher's home is vandalized

Lyle: Sheriff questions youths after teacher's home is vandalized

The Mower County sheriff's office is investigating a report of teacher harassment in the southeastern Minnesota town of Lyle.

Deputy John LaVelle said vandals spray-painted the message "You Next" Monday night or early Tuesday on the mobile home of Curt Bietz, an industrial arts and physical education teacher for grades 9 and 10. His car was also painted, they said.

Rochester: New judge assigned to trial of boy accused in slaying

Rochester: New judge assigned to trial of boy accused in slaying

The juvenile court trial of a 14-year-old Lyle, Minn., youth accused of killing school teacher Sharon Turnbull will be held in Rochester.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gerard Ring of Olmsted County Court. Mower County Judge Paul Kimball Jr. disqualified himself from the case after reviewing evidence in the adult reference hearing that would not be admissible in a trial.

Aaron S. Everest arrested for seduction of Cedar City girl

--Aaron S. Everest, a lawyer of some prominence in Austin, has been arrested charged with seducing Miss Emma Chandler, of Cedar City, Mower county, a girl of 19. He was attending court in Freeborn county when arrested. The Transcript, of Austin, prints, with apparent zest, the details of the case and draws the usual "moral." Everest was a politician of the opposite party in the fall.

Bold Robbery

Bold Robbery.
On Saturday before Christmas, John Chandler and his brother suffered a savy loss by theft and incendiarism, near Austin. By some means it leaked out that a boy by name of Welch was concerned in the matter, and was prevailed upon to turn States evidence in the case.

Neighbor tells of finding Lyle teacher dead

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Neighbor tells of finding Lyle teacher dead

By Lucy Dalglish
Staff Writer

AUSTIN- The neighbor of a Lyle schoolteacher found shot to death in her home Aug. 7 testified Monday that he thought something was amiss at Sharon Turnbull's home when he got up to make a pot of coffee that morning.

Austin: Lyle teen-ager convicted in teacher's death files appeal

Austin: Lyle teen-ager convicted in teacher's death files appeal

The attorney for a Lyle, Minn., teen-ager convicted in the shooting death of school teacher Sharon Turnbull has filed an appeal in Mower County Court. Defense attorney Bruce Hanley of Minneapolis filed the appeal Tuesday on behalf of his client, whose name has not been made public.

Teacher in Lyle found shot to death

Teacher in Lyle found shot to death

Associated Press

Lyle, Minn.

A 33-year old Lyle teacher was found shot to death in her home Saturday morning, authorities said.

Mower County sheriff's officers said the body of Sharon Turnbull was found about 8:30 a.m. by neighbors.

Sheriff Wayne Goodnature said a preliminary autopsy showed that she was shot in the head. He said the case is being considered a homicide. The exact time of death was not immediately determined.

Town 'devastated' by teacher's slaying

Town 'devastated' by teacher's slaying

By Dan Oberdorfer and George Monaghan
Staff Writers

Lyle, Minn.

Elliott Young doesn't like to go outside anymore.

"Every time I go out I look at her house, and it gives me a sick feeling right here, in the stomach," said Young, 74, next-door neighbor of a Lyle school teacher who was slain at home last week. "I can't eat: I haven't had a good meal since Saturday night, when I got back from fishing (and learned of the killing)."

Sheriff says no arrests imminent in Lyle slaying

Sheriff says no arrests imminent in Lyle slaying

By Dan Oberdorfer
Southern Minnesota Correspondent

Lyle, Minn.

In an apparent attempt to quell speculation that police were hot on the trail of a suspect in the Sharon Turnbull slaying, Mower County Sheriff Wayne Goodnature said Thursday that no arrests are imminent.

Goodnature declined to say how much progress investigators have made in the past week toward solving the killing of Turnbull, a junior high school teacher in the tiny southern Minnesota community of Lyle.

Neighbor boy, 14, held in death of Lyle schoolteacher

Neighbor boy, 14, held in death of Lyle schoolteacher

By Dan Oberdorfer
Southern Minnesota Correspondent

Lyle, Minn.

Sharon Turnbull was killed by a 14-year-old neighbor whom she had taught in school, police alleged Friday.

The boy, described by authorities as a good student and an experienced marksman, was arrested without incident at his house late Thursday night. A .22-caliber rifle, which authorities said they have identified as the weapon in the killing, had been taken from his home in a search earlier Thursday.

Judge issues gag order in Lyle teacher slaying

Judge issues gag order in Lyle teacher slaying

Associated Press

Austin, Minn.

A Mower County judge has issued a gag order in the case of a 14-year-old boy charged in the shooting death of teacher Sharon Turnbull.

Turnbull, 33, was found shot to death in her Lyle home on Aug. 7.

The order by Judge Paul Kimball Jr. prohibiting attorneys and others connected with the case from releasing information about it was made public Friday.

Mower County Attorney Fred Kraft was filed a motion to try the boy as an adult, but no hearing has been scheduled.

Austin: Judge delays hearing for suspect in Lyle teacher's killing

Austin: Judge delays hearing for suspect in Lyle teacher's killing

A hearing to determine if a 14-year-old Lyle, Minn., youth will be tried as an adult on a murder charge has been postponed indefinitely so that the can receive psychiatric evaluation, Mower County officials said.

The youth is accused of killing public school teacher Sharon Turnbull this month in her home at Lyle. Her body was found Aug. 7 and officials said she died of a gunshot wound.

Attorney of slaying suspect, 14, asks closed hearing on adult trial

Attorney of slaying suspect, 14, asks closed hearing on adult trial

By Neal St. Anthony
Southern Minnesota Correspondent

Austin, Minn.

The attorney representing a 14-year-old suspect in the shooting death of a teacher in Lyle, Minn., asked a judge Monday to exclude the press from an approaching hearing to determine whether the youth should be tried as an adult.

Judge bars press from boy's hearing

Judge bars press from boy's hearing

Mower County Court Judge Paul Kimball Jr. has ruled that the press may not attend a pretrial hearing to determine whether a 14-year-old will stand trial as an adult for the August shooting death of a Lyle, Minn., school teacher.

Kimball said hearsay evidence, "police investigation reports and psychological and psychiatric evaluations of the boy" would be presented at the adult reference hearing.

Hearing concludes on Lyle slaying suspect

Hearing concludes on Lyle slaying suspect

Austin, Minn.

A hearing on whether a 14-year-old youth accused of slaying a Lyle teacher will be tried as an adult concluded Thursday after three days of testimony.

Mower County Judge Paul Kimball, Jr. was expected to announce a decision on the matter next week.

The youth was arrested on the basis of a juvenile complaint accusing him in the shooting death of Sharon Turnbull, 33, whose body was found in her home Aug. 7. She had been shot once in the head.

Lyle boy charged in killing won't be tried as adult

Lyle boy charged in killing won't be tried as adult

The 14-year-old Lyle, Minn., boy accused of killing his former teacher will not stand trial as an adult, Mower County Judge Paul Kimball Jr. ruled Thursday.

Kimball said that although the crime was aggressive and violent, "lacking is evidence that it was committed willfully, with premeditation and foreseeable consequences."

The youth is charged with shooting Sharon Turnbull, 33, through a screen door with a .22 caliber rifle as she watched television in her home Aug. 6.

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