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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.


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