Oklahoma parents offer $100,000 reward in quest to find killer

Chanda Turner was 23 when she was shot in the chest in 2000. Her death was ruled a suicide then, but new developments have led the Garvin County Sheriff's office to open an homicide investigation.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Published: December 5, 2012

— The parents of a woman found shot to death in 2000 are offering $100,000 of their savings to anyone who can lead them to a killer.

The announcement outside the Garvin County Courthouse Wednesday comes just weeks after the sheriff opened a homicide investigation into the death of Chanda Turner.

Turner, a former homecoming queen at Elmore City High School, was 23 when she was shot in the chest and died on the porch of a rural farmhouse southwest of Pauls Valley.

“For 12 years, information has been coming to us so we think it's possible that there's more,” Turner's mother, Donna, said.

The cold case heated up in November when the state medical examiner amended the manner of death on Chanda Turner's death certificate from suicide to undetermined.

Donna Turner and her husband, Joe, have said for 12 years that officials bungled the investigation into their daughter's death.

On Thursday, the Turners and Sheriff Larry Rhodes said the new developments bring them closer to finding justice for Chanda.

“We've got to let the evidence lead us to what was done,” Joe Turner said. “Me and Donna have done all we can do. We got the death certificate changed; it's up to Larry Rhodes and God.”

Rhodes said he decided to reopen the case based on information that was not reviewed previously, including additional witness statements and physical evidence.

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