Dave Turner, who was accused of raping a woman in St. Rose and pushing her out of his vehicle on Interstate 10 in New Orleans in February of 2016, was recently found guilty of attempted manslaughter and simple kidnapping and faces up to 25 years in prison.
Turner was tried in Orleans Parish and convicted by a jury that deliberated for more than two and a half hours, according to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr.’s office. Turner faces up to 20 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and up to five years for the kidnapping charge.
Turner is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14.
The woman told detectives that Turner was an acquaintance of hers and forced his way into her St. Rose residence at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2016, where he raped and choked her unconscious. According to the DA’s office, Turner then forced the woman into his SUV and drove her into New Orleans.
Once there, a struggle ensued between them in the vehicle and witnesses told police that Turner was seen punching the woman before throwing her out from his moving vehicle and out onto the interstate. The victim survived but suffered a fractured ankle, cuts and bruises.
Turner still faces trial in St. Charles Parish on charges of attempted first-degree murder and rape.