$1M bond on murder charge for Springfield shooting suspect

The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Springfield woman last week has been returned to Clark County and now faces a murder charge.

Tevious Turner, 35, was arrested Nov. 18 in Kentucky by U.S. Marshals. He was brought to the Clark County Jail late Tuesday night and was arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning.

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Turner pleaded not guilty to murder and felonious assault charges. His bond was set at $1 million on the murder charge and $100,000 on the felonious assault charge.

He remained in the Clark County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

Police alleged in court records that Tevious Turner shot Melody Turner, 29, of Springfield, after becoming involved in an argument with the victim’s cousin over money.

Police found Melody Turner in a car unresponsive and bleeding heavily from her left ear shortly before noon Nov. 18 at the intersection of North and Spring streets. She died Sunday at Miami Valley Hospital.

Tevious Turner was a manager at the Quality Inn and the victim’s cousin used to work there, Lt. Jeff Meyer of the Springfield Police Division. The dispute appears to have been over the cousin’s last paycheck, Meyer said.

Melody Turner and her cousin then left the hotel to cash a check at an East Main Street business, according to the report, when Tevious Turner arrived and began arguing with the victim’s cousin inside the store.

Police said Melody Turner and her cousin exited the store, got into a car and prepared to leave.

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Tevious Turner then allegedly fired one shot that hit the victim in the neck or head, the report states. The victim’s cousin, who was the passenger in the car, then managed to drive the car to the intersection of North and Spring streets where police responded.

Tevious Turner and Melody Turner aren’t related, Meyer said.

“Truthfully we’re not sure if Melody knew Tevious at all,” he said.

According to the Kentucky State Police, Turner was arrested Nov. 18 on a fugitive warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Service as the result of a traffic stop on southbound I-75 in the area of Williamsburg, Ky.

Melody Turner’s death is the fourth homicide in the city of Springfield this year.

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