Man convicted second time in Harford slaying

May 11, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A Harford County man was convicted a second time yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court of first-degree murder, kidnapping and attempted rape in the 1990 stabbing death of a 21-year-old Army clerk working at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Daniel E. Turner, 35, of Aberdeen was convicted in Bonnie Sue Joseph's slaying in a 1991 trial in Baltimore County, where the case was moved.

Turner won a new trial on appeal because of a comment Judge Albert L. Brennan Sr. made about evidence during closing arguments. Judge Brennan also presided at the retrial.

Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said the jury of eight women and four men deliberated for five hours yesterday before returning the verdicts. Turner also was found guilty of a weapons charge for use of a knife in the slaying. The jury found him not guilty of a theft charge.

Specialist Joseph, a clerk-typist in the 532nd Military Police Company, was found dead March 11, 1990, in a field in Edgewood.

Prosecutors say Turner abducted the woman from a convenience store on U.S. 40, robbed her of a small amount of money, attempted to rape her and stabbed her 25 times.

Turner's original sentence was life in prison without parole.

Sentencing will be set later.

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