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« Reply #120 on: November 20, 2015, 06:42:55 PM »

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/crime-law/prosecutors-file-appeal-in-colton-turner-case/npRw7/
Prosecutors to file appeal in Colton Turner case
November 20, 2015

Prosecutors on Friday filed an notice of appeal against a ruling by a Travis County state judge to suppress evidence in the case of Meagan Work, charged in the death of her 2-year-old son, Colton Turner.

District Judge David Wahlberg in October found officers had unlawfully arrested Work in September 2014, making DNA swabs and most of her statements to authorities inadmissible at her trial. Prosecutors have argued that officers were trying to find a missing boy and were forced to change course as Work gave multiple accounts of his whereabouts.
 
Wahlberg ruled to suppress all of her interviews with law enforcement after she was taken to the Cedar Park Police Department near 11 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2014, until she received medical care just after 1 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2014. The decision came as a blow to the state, as in that time Work gave conflicting stories about Colton’s disappearance and eventually confessed, describing the night she and her boyfriend buried the child’s body in a Southeast Austin field.

In a three-day hearing, defense lawyers argued she was was improperly questioned, put under physical strain and deprived of her right to an attorney.
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« Reply #121 on: February 23, 2016, 08:06:48 PM »

http://kxan.com/2016/02/23/plea-deal-possible-in-colton-turner-case/
Plea deal possible in Colton Turner case
February 23, 2016

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The man who police say had a role in the death of 2-year-old Colton Turner may take a plea deal on Friday.

Michael Turner’s attorney Steve Brand confirms his client has been offered a plea deal, but he cannot specify on what the offer entails. Turner, 31, is currently in the Travis County Jail—where he’s been since September 2014—charged with injury to a child.

According to court documents, Meagan Work, the child’s mother, told police Colton hit his head on an air conditioning unit as the result of an assault in July 2014. He later had what appeared to be a seizure and died. Work told investigators she was afraid she and Turner, who is not the child’s biological father, would get in trouble if they took the toddler to the emergency room.

After several days of searching for the child, Austin police say Turner led them to the boy’s body buried in a field in Southeast Austin on Sept. 12, 2014.

Brand says the deal will go before Judge David Wahlberg on Friday and he expects his client to plead guilty. When asked if the deal would be good for his client, Brand said, “yes.”

Work, 21, is charged with tampering with evidence and injury to a child. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 4. Last fall, Judge Walhberg ruled to suppress to the bulk of statements made by Work while she was in custody in Williamson County.

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« Reply #122 on: February 25, 2016, 10:49:48 AM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/michael-turner-to-appear-in-court-monday/50642074
No ruling in pre-trial hearing for Michael Turner
February 22, 2016

TRAVIS COUNTY -- Michael Turner -- a man police said is connected to the 2014 death of 2-year-old Colton Turner -- appeared in court Monday in an effort to suppress two interviews he conducted with law officials.

Michael Turner and his then-girlfriend Meagan Work are charged with tampering with physical evidence after police said they admitted to burying the toddler. After police found the missing boy in a shallow grave in southeast Austin, Michael and Work told police that the boy died after suffering from a seizure.

The first interview, in which Turner gave his initial confession, his lawyers argued during the pre-trial hearing that Turner did not fully understand his Miranda rights and was denied the ability to end the interview with a Cedar Park Detective and an FBI Special Agent.

In audio played for the court, Turner can be heard asking, "Can I have a second, please?" FBI Special Agent Justin Noble can be heard responding, "No." Noble testified that he did not believe Turner was asking to terminate the interview, but was simply trying to collect his thoughts.

Turner began his confession immediately following this exchange.

In a separate interview with two Austin Police Department detectives, Turner's lawyers argued that he was misled about his rights.

The judge asked the prosecution and defense for arguments and said he would not come to a ruling Monday.
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« Reply #123 on: February 26, 2016, 08:33:11 PM »

http://kxan.com/2016/02/26/boyfriend-charged-in-colton-turner-case-expected-to-plead-guilty/
Michael Turner pleads guilty for his role in death of Colton Turner
February 26, 2016

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Moments after Michael Turner agreed to plea guilty in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence, he bowed his head and was visibly shaken as Colton Turner’s grandmother told him how much damage he caused in their lives.

“You are a heartless and selfish monster,” said Kim Vidaure. “Whatever part you had in Colton’s death ruined your lives and destroyed mine and my family’s.”

Michael Turner, 31, and his girlfriend Meagan Work were both charged in the death of Meagan’s 2-year-old son Colton. Although Turner was not Colton’s biological father, his attorney said he took on the role of dad and is deeply remorseful for Colton’s death.

When (Vidaure) spoke eloquently about what she’d miss about Colton, that hit home with Michael and I think he’s been living with that since the time Colton died,” said Steve Brand.

Police say Meagan Work changed her stories many times about what happened to Colton but it was Michael who led them to a shallow grave where his body was found. Michael pled guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence stemming from burying Colton’s body before removing him and burying him in a different location. He also pled guilty to 2nd degree Reckless Injury to a Child by Omission, a lesser charge than Intentional Injury to a Child, a 1st degree crime. By agreeing to the lesser charge, Turner avoided a possible sentence of 5-99 years in prison if he were convicted of the first degree felony. Because the crime is “non-aggravated,” he could be eligible for parole in roughly 3 ½ years.

“But for Michael Turner leading them to the body, I don’t know if they ever find Colton Turner. I hope they give him credit for that,” said Brand.

The 20-year sentence did not sit well with Colton’s grandmother and grand-aunt who reminded the media of the toddler which was lost.
 
Court documents show Turner and Work did not want to take Colton to a hospital after he suffered serious injuries for fears they would be held responsible. The young boy would eventually succumb to those injuries, but Brand said Michael Turner is not accused of actively harming Turner. The charge of Injury to a Child by Omission is because neither he nor Work sought medical help for the boy’s injuries. A decision Brand cannot explain.

“I wish there was an explanation we could come forward with on why things happened the way they did,” Brand said. “Unfortunately there is not.”

Because he has now been convicted, the state can subpoena Michael Turner to testify in the still pending trial of Meagan Work if they so choose. Judge David Wahlberg ruled many statements Work made in investigators is inadmissible, but Michael Turner’s cooperation during the investigation could make him a valuable witness.

According to the internal investigation, there were four Child Protective Service investigations into the allegations that Colton was being abused. Supervisors and case workers failed to follow policy and made many mistakes. Three CPS workers were fired for how they handled the case.
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« Reply #124 on: November 09, 2016, 11:03:03 AM »

http://kxan.com/2016/11/09/mother-charged-in-death-of-2-year-old-son-back-in-court/
Mother charged in death of 2-year-old court date reset
November 9, 2016

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mother charged in the death of her two-year-old son was expected to be back in court on Wednesday, but her court date has been reset. The new court appearance has not been announced.

Meagan Work is pleading not-guilty to the charges of tampering with evidence and injury to a child. She is accused of injuring her son Colton Turner, which resulted in his death and allegedly led to her burying him in a shallow grave. The toddler was found buried in a field in southeast Austin back in September 2014.

Work’s boyfriend, Michael Turner took a plea deal in February and received 20 years in jail. He will now likely become a key witness for the prosecution since the majority of the testimony Work gave Cedar Park Police and the FBI will not be admissible in court. According to Cedar Park Police Department Lt. Chance Thomas, Work admitted to knowing her son had died, and held the light for Michael Turner as he dug up dirt.

An internal investigation found there were four Child Protective Service investigations into the allegations that Colton was being abused. Supervisors and case workers failed to follow policy and made many mistakes according to officials. Three CPS workers were fired for how they handled the case.
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« Reply #125 on: September 13, 2017, 02:12:30 PM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/court-rejects-meagan-works-request-to-have-statements-to-police-tossed-out/474433494
Court rejects Meagan Work's request to have statements to police tossed out
September 13, 2017

AUSTIN - Texas' highest criminal court decided Wednesday to reject Meagan Work's request to toss out the statements she made to police after the 2014 death of her 2-year-old son, Colton Turner, according to KVUE's news partners at the Austin American-Statesman.

Colton's body was found in a shallow grave in southeast Austin on Sept. 12, 2014 days after police began searching for him.

The Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a 2016 decision by the Austin-based Third Court of Appeals that allowed prosecutors to introduce during a trial statements Work made to Cedar Park police during 26 hours of questioning about the disappearance of Colton.

Before the Third Court of Appeals made that decision, a Travis County district judge ruled that Cedar Park police illegally arrested Work when she made the statements. The third Court ruled that the arrest was legal because it was apparent that she had lied to investigators when she said her son was with a friend out of town.

Police said Work and Michael Turner -- Work's boyfriend -- admitted to burying Colton after he died from a seizure. Family and friends said that they had not seen the boy since July 2014 and that he was covered in scrapes and bruises the last time they saw him.

Work has been charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence. Turner pleaded guilty in 2016 to injury to a child by omission and two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Turner was not Colton’s biological father, but was helping to raise him.
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