Man faces attempted murder charges

Published 1:45 am Friday, July 15, 2016

A River Falls man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot a man on Jessica Lane.



Covington County Sheriff Department Chief Investigator Wesley Snodgrass said Thursday evening Covington County 911 dispatch received a call about a person shot sometime after midnight on Thursday.

Snodgrass said that CCSO deputies and Andalusia Police officers arrived at the scene to find Robert Dees suffering from a gunshot wound to his foot.

“The residence had also been struck by a bullet that traveled through the living room where two children and a woman was located,” Snodgrass said. “Dee was transported from the scene by Advance EMS directly to a hospital in Pensacola, Fla.”

Snodgrass said that Eric Lavon Turner, 43, of River Falls was developed as a suspect.

“Turner was located by Conecuh County deputies using assistance from the Gulf Coast Regional U.S. Marshall’s Violent Crimes Task Force,” Snodgrass said. “Conecuh County Sheriff Brock and his deputies took Turner into custody for Covington County.”

Snodgrass said that Turner was then interviewed by Investigators Heath Truman and he.

“Turner confessed to shooting Dees with a high-powered rifle,” he said. “Dees and Turner had been arguing earlier in the day about family.”

Turner has been charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling

Snodgrass said bonds have not been set by the court.

“Sheriff (Dennis) Meeks expressed his thanks to the Conecuh County Sheriff’s Office, the Andalusia Police Department, the 22nd Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office, and the Gulf Coast Regional Task Force for their assistance in locating Turner and helping to bring this case to completion,” Snodgrass said.