Murder charge dropped against girlfriend in Princeton stabbing death
Posted October 21, 2014
Smithfield, N.C. — Johnston County prosecutors have dismissed a second-degree murder charge against a woman charged in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Jackson said Tuesday that evidence showed Crystal Turner, 27, of Princeton, acted in self-defense when she stabbed Julius Crenshaw in the neck early Sunday morning.
Police found Crenshaw, 25, dead in the parking lot of Dellwood Apartments, where Turner lives.
"In this case, the state has an affirmative duty to disprove any claim of self-defense, and the evidence in this case strongly supports Crystal Turner's claim that she was defending herself," Jackson said in a statement.
Investigators found that the couple had been drinking and that Crenshaw hit Turner multiple times in the face with a closed fist during an argument.
The argument moved outside the home, Jackson said, where Crenshaw threw a grill with hot coals at Turner, burning her.
Crenshaw, who was recently convicted of assaulting Turner and breaking into her home, then charged toward Turner, who then stabbed him, Jackson said.
"My heart goes out to the family of Julius Crenshaw, and I am deeply sorry for their loss. This is certainly a horrible situation for all parties," he said.
"This tragedy serves as a reminder to us all that domestic violence is a persistent problem that must be taken seriously," Jackson added.