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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

/articleid/3734974/1/pictures/1900930">Photo - A copy of Chanda Turner's medical examiner report show the wrong name and birthdate on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in Elmore City, Okla.  Garvin County Sheriff's office has opened a homicide investigation after the medical examiners office changed the death certificate of the young woman killed over a decade ago in Pauls Valley.  The family is offering a $100,000 reward for leads in the case.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
A copy of Chanda Turner's medical examiner report show the wrong name and birthdate on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in Elmore City, Okla. Garvin County Sheriff's office has opened a homicide investigation after the medical examiners office changed the death certificate of the young woman killed over a decade ago in Pauls Valley. The family is offering a $100,000 reward for leads in the case. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

He said the case should be reviewed because of “fundamental mistakes” made by previous investigators, including the lack of a secure crime scene.

Rhodes, who retired from the Oklahoma City Police Department after 23 years, took office in 2010.

“I'm not going to say that there was any intentional cover-up in this case, but again I just don't think that this death investigation was fully looked at back in 2000,” he said. “We made some critical mistakes that night that led to a poor investigation; unfortunately, I don't know if we'll be able to overcome them now.”

Joe Turner said he and his wife of 39 years are just relieved that their quest to find out what happened to Chanda Turner has gained some new momentum.

Since the day Chanda died, they said, they have been working side-by-side to resolve the case.

“Donna couldn't have done it on her own, I couldn't have done it on my own — we had to be a team,” Joe Turner said. “She fought to stay alive, and we fought for justice, bottom line.”

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