Turner: Charges Are 'Lies'
Elton Turner consented to his wife's request for a domestic violence protective order even though he denies doing what the complaint alleges.
As he waited Wednesday morning in Moore County Civil District Court for the matter to be called, Turner spoke about charges against him. He said the accusations are false, that he didn't do what he's accused of doing.
"Hell, no!" Turner said. "It's hell to defend yourself against lies."
As for the claim that three years passed before the alleged crimes were reported, Turner said the time was wrong, too.
"Five," he said, spreading his hand to show five fingers. "Five years."
His wife, Evelyn, asked for the order in a complaint that claims he twice sexually assaulted a handicapped woman who lives in the home. Temporarily, without hearing his side, the order had been granted pending Wednesday's hearing. Turner had to move out of his house and surrender all firearms to the custody of Sheriff Lane Carter.
Turner was arrested two weeks ago and charged with two counts of felony second-degree rape and two counts of misdemeanor assault against a handicapped person. His court date is set for May 18 in Moore County Criminal District Court.
Documents filed with the civil court allege that two assaults and rapes took place three years ago.
Turner doesn't admit rape or assault or any other allegation in his wife's complaint, but had agreed to consent to the protective order for one year at a bond reduction hearing last week that lowered his bond from $50,000 to $5,000.
Turner, his wife and the wheelchair-bound victim of the alleged rapes and assaults appeared before District Court Judge Robert M. Wilkins. Evelyn Turner and the handicapped plaintiff were represented by attorney Matthew Rothbeind of Carthage. Amanda Zimmer of Bruce Cunningham's Southern Pines firm appeared for Elton Turner.
When Wilkins realized both parties had lawyers, he deferred hearing this matter until he finished dealing with a number of other cases in which parties were representing themselves.
Once Wilkins called this case, both lawyers approached the bench and handed up a consent form signed by Turner in which he agreed to an extension of the original order for a year.
"the defendant without admitting the truth of the allegations contained in the domestic violence complaint, consents to the extension of the domestic violence protection order previously entered," his signed consent says.
Wilkins accepted and signed the order. One bailiff remained in the courtroom with Turner as another escorted his wife and the other party to the court clerk's office to have the order entered.
Turner was ordered not to come within 1,000 feet of either party during the time the extended order is in effect. It expires May 6, 2010, unless extended further by the court. Wilkins extended, with Turner's consent, the previous order's civil findings that Turner committed acts of domestic violence and that there is danger of serious and immediate injury to the plaintiffs.
Violation of a protective order is a crime in North Carolina.
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