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South Texas Prison Guard Sought for Murder

Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

December 29, 2009

A multistate manhunt continues today for a Texas prison guard accused in the killings of his wife and mother-in-law, who were stabbed in front of children in Rosenberg earlier in the day, officials said.

Authorities are searching for 44-year-old Albert James Turner, who is charged in the deaths of 39-year-old Keitha Frank Turner and 66-year-old Betty Jo Frank, said Lt. Colin Davidson of the Rosenberg Police Department.

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The two women were the daughter and wife of prominent Rosenberg preacher Gene Frank of the Church of Living Waters, Davidson, police said.

“They were fine people,” said a longtime neighbor, grief-stricken by the news of the deaths. “They were always a lovely family.”

The neighbor, who has known the family for many years, called the women gentle and kind-hearted.

Eyewitnesses, including a child who called 911, identified Turner as the killer, Davidson said, and the sound of children screaming can be heard in the background of the call.

“The children did witness some of it, yes,” Davidson said. “This was a violent crime scene.”

He said Turner fled the scene before police arrived.

Turner should be considered armed and dangerous, Davidson said, emphasizing the man’s large stature: He’s 6-foot-1 and weighs 270 pounds.

He might be traveling in his maroon Honda Accord, with a Texas plate: 494-JFY and possibly wearing a grey Texas Department of Correction detention officer uniform.

Turner, Davidson said, is a desperate man.

“We have a prison guard who may have committed two homicides,” he said. “He knows what happens in prison.”

He might be headed across the I-10 corridor to the Orlando area, where he has family, officials said. Details not clear

The Franks, the Turners and at least two grandchildren were at the Franks’ home in the 2400 block of Chestnut when an argument escalated into violence shortly after midnight Sunday, Davidson said.

He did not know who was fighting or why.

Davidson was unsure how many children were in the home, but said there were at least two, with the older one being 12.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sad and unfortunate for the families involved. Hopefully the perp gets taken down soon!

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is sad all around. These poor children will be scarred for life now. Hope they catch him fast.

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He needs to be taken down ASAP

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thank god the children are safe, I'll be keeping my eyes open for this puppy.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Shame on one who knows yet makes the choice to do the deed. Anger and selish greed are two deadly components of a fatal cocktail. Just maybe he will have the nerve to put a final choice on himself. God bless the children who had to witness this stupidity they will forever scarred by this incident.

  • Big_bad_pig_max50


    over 4 years ago


    You're right there sencia. He'll either die at his own hand, our's or a Texas needle.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A sad state of affairs.. Send him back to Rosenburg and let him have some prison justice.

  • Battering-ram-full_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Fax us a copy of the warrant and a picture, if he's up North we'll get him, Hope they bag this POS soon....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    In TX he may just get the needle for this.
    Someone better gets this guy before he kills someone else.

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