Va. AG challenges exoneration of ex-SEAL trainee
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s attorney general is asking the state appeals court to review a panel’s ruling that exonerated a former Navy SEAL trainee in the abduction and slaying of a Georgia college student.
Bill Mims filed a petition Tuesday asking the full Virginia Court of Appeals to rehear the case of Dustin Turner of Bloomington, Ind.
Mims questions the credibility of fellow trainee Billy Joe Brown, who said he alone killed Jennifer Evans while she was vacationing in Virginia. Mims says Brown’s two confessions were substantially different, but the trial court only knew about one of them.
The panel voted 2-1 earlier this month to clear Turner, agreeing that Brown’s confession was credible.
Turner’s lawyer David B. Hargett didn’t immediately return a phone message Wednesday.