November 23, 2013
Wanda Turner, the woman accused of killing a Charlottesville man in March 2012, has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
A jury also found her guilty on seven related charges, including larceny and credit card theft, and recommended a sentence of 18 years and six months.
Prosecutors sought a first-degree murder charge for Turner, but the jury found Turner guilty of a lesser charge in the death of Robert "Eddie" Snead Jr. The prosecution also pushed for a recommended sentence of 30 to 40 years.
“The situation started out with two people who knew each other, who had been friends, who were together,” says Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Killeen. “It became something very different, very violent and resulted in the loss of Mr. Snead's life.”
Prosecutors say Turner stabbed Snead more than 25 times, and hit him with a blunt object 26 times. Turner's lawyers had claimed she acted out of self-defense.
“The jury had a really hard decision to make and there was a lot of evidence, “says Defense Attorney Dean Lhospital. “They had a lot to go through; you really never know how it's going to go, but ultimately the sentence was ultimately an indication that it was a close call.”
A formal sentencing hearing will take place in February.