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Son, 3 others linked to Myrtle Beach slaying of Durham couple

Posted March 9, 2015

Alexander Gray Turner, 23, and Chelsi Leila Griffin, 19, both of Conway, SC, are charged with murder in the shooting deaths of Turner's parents.

— Alexander Gray Turner, the son of a Durham couple killed at a Myrtle Beach hotel Friday night, was among four young people arrested in connection with their murders.

Police found Carrie Daley Turner, 52, and Steven Gray Turner, 61, shot inside their room at the Landmark Resort, at 1501 Ocean Blvd. A search of property tax records shows the elder Turners were residents of 6 Maere Court in Durham.

According to the affidavit for his arrest, their son, 23, who had been living in Conway, S.C., tried to extend his parents' reservation for room 1208, but when his request was denied, he and a companion left the property.

Shortly afterward, the bodies of his parents were found in the room.

Police said Alexander Turner was using both a credit card and a Kia Optima belonging to his parents as investigators were processing the crime scene.

He was charged with two counts of murder and a count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime and was being held without bond. Chelsi Leila Griffin, 19, also of Conway, was also charged with murder.

Both had a first appearance on the charges set for 4 p.m. Monday.

Two others, Grant Anthony Dollens, of Columbia, S.C., and Roxanna Lisa Cumpan, of Pottsown, Pa., wre charged with accessory after the fact.


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  • Amy LaFluer Mar 9, 2015
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    no what you don't see is people justifying his actions or jumping to a conclusion about happen....what a terrible thing he did to his parents....and it doesn't matter if it was peer pressure or any other stupid made up excuse.

  • Alexia Proper Mar 9, 2015
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    Murder happens every day. Of course we condemn the murder of anyone. That needs to be said?

    There isn't much else to comment on. We don't know if it's a spoiled-son that went out of control, perhaps parents involved in drugs and had son involved, or perhaps just a very mean and hateful child that hated his parents.

    But, yes, the action is condemned.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Mar 9, 2015
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    Well, sounds like there are four less criminals to worry about while they spend a glorious life in prison. Not to worry, they will find a new Daddy and Mommy in there.

  • Christopher Byrne Mar 9, 2015
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the results of giving your child everything he wants for 20 years and then telling him "no" for the first time.