Turner Trial Moved To Baltimore

December 02, 1990

The trial of Daniel E. Turner, arrested on charges of murder in the March slaying of a 21-year-old Aberdeen Proving Grounds police clerk, has been moved to Baltimore County.

Turner of Aberdeen is charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Spec. 4 Bonnie S. Joseph. Turner also is charged with kidnapping, attempted rape, robbery, theft, battery and weapon charges.

Turner, 32, was to go on trial in Harford Circuit Court on Jan. 23.

The trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court tentatively is set to begin on Feb. 4.

Harford State's Attorney's Joseph I. Cassilly is seeking the death penalty if Turner is convicted.

Turner's court-appointed lawyers filed a change of venue request on Nov.

16. Because the death penalty is being sought, change of venue requests are granted automatically.

Turner was arrested on March 12, the day Joseph's body was found in a field off Van Bibber Road in Edgewood. She had been stabbed 25 times, police said.

Joseph was working the night shift when she left the Army post to get food for herself and co-workers. She was then abducted by Turner, police charge.

Before his arrest, Turner, a one-time circus laborer, served about four years in prison for a 1985 conviction of assaulting a 25-year-old Aberdeen woman, court records show.

He was released in July 1989 from the state Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore, which houses the prison system's most violent and disruptive inmates.

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