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Jury: Guilty murderer should die for his crime

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BATON ROUGE - A sequestered jury that spent the last three weeks hearing about the gruesome murder of workers at an auto parts store decided after lunch Friday, the man who did it should be put to death.

Lee Turner was found guilty on Monday. The rest of the week, Turner's fate was being discussed in what is called the sentencing phase.

Turner killed two of his coworkers at a CarQuest location in 2011 to steal a deposit from their business. Edward Gurtner and Randy Chaney were murdered and detectives said they found bags and deposit slips from the business behind Turner's apartment, and that he confessed after an 11-hour interrogation.

"Those bullets killed those two people instantly," said East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore. "But the result of that is the secondary wounds these families are suffering."

Turner's case was the first death penalty case in East Baton Rouge Parish in five years.

Eighty-five people are currently on death row in Louisiana.  Eighty-three are men at the state's Angola penitentiary.  Two are women at the prison for them in Iberville Parish.  The longest-serving people on death row have been awaiting lethal injection for almost thirty years.
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