IN THE COURTROOM AT BOLLING AFB
HILL CLEARED IN KILLING OF A1C ASHLEY TURNER
"THERE'S A KILLER OUT ON THE STREETS," SAYS
DAD OF SLAIN BEAUTY - LARRY TURNER BITTER
AT TRIAL RESULT - JURY OUT ONLY FIVE HOURS
AIRMAN CALVIN HILL IS "A THIEF AND DIRTBAG,"
BUT HAS DODGED A BULLET ON MURDER CHARGE
The prosecution's use of a less-than-credible "witness"
who claimed Airman Calvin Hill boasted to him he had committed the grisly
slaying of beautiful Airman 1st Class Ashley Turner at the Keflavik (Iceland)
Naval Air Station in 2005 blew up in their faces.
Also the skill of defense attorney Capt. Jason Kellhofer caught everyone
by surprise. Most bets were on Hill being convicted. It is safe to say
"shock" was the descriptive word for reaction in the courtroom
at Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
Hill may have "dodged a bullet" as one courtroom observer told
MilitaryCorruption.com, "but he's still
a dirtbag and a thief." The surly airman has admitted he stole Turner's
ATM card and drained her bank account to the tune of nearly $3,000.
The young woman suffered a terrible death. Prosecutors claimed Hill was
the one who cracked Turner's skull with a heavy weight in the dormitory
they shared, then severed her spinal cord with a knife, leaving her to
die in agony. They said Hill's motive was to "silence" Turner
forever, preventing her from ever testifying against him in a court-martial
for cash-machine card theft.
BITTER WORDS FROM AN ANGRY AND
While Hill's parents wept tears of joy, Larry Turner,
father of the dead woman, wasted no time telling reporters he felt "there's
a killer out on the streets." He meant Hill. "Society is in
danger right now," an angry Turner exclaimed.
One of our sources on the ground tells us: "When the jury came back
so quickly, we thought it had to be a guilty verdict. You can imagine
the shock and surprise in the courtroom when Hill was cleared of the murder.
"The defense attorney, who was all but invisible in the early days
of the trial, rose to the occasion at the end and took control. In his
closing statements, he vividly painted a picture of an inept, botched
NCIS investigation that ignored all but Hill."
Kellhofer cast doubt in the juror's minds when he explained how the computer
records of Turner's key card usage were inexplicable if Hill was the murderer.
The "legal eagles" and bumbling investigators focused all their
attention on Hill. What about Turner's boyfriend as a suspect and a huge
window of 1.5 to two hours that was never properly explained?
Emotions run high on both sides, and while Hill is a no-good punk who
never should have been allowed in the military in the first place, the
standard of proving "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt" was not
met. So for Airman Calvin Hill, he "walks," as far as the murder
rap is concerned.