Film Backs Former SEAL Trainee's Innocence Claim

June 8, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Richmond filmmaker is putting the final touches on a documentary about a former Navy SEAL trainee convicted in a 1995 slaying.

J.D. Leete's film is titled "Target of Opportunity: The US Navy SEALs and the Murder of Jennifer Evans." It contends that Dustin Turner is innocent, even though his conviction has been upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court.

The Bloomington, Ind., native is serving 82 years for the murder of Evans, an Emory University student he met at a Virginia Beach bar. Another SEAL trainee, Billy Joe Brown of Dayton, Ohio, was convicted in a separate trial and is serving 72 years. Brown initially blamed Turner but now says he alone killed Evans.

Leete's film will be screened for the first time at a Richmond theater Thursday night.

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