The Office of the District Attorney announced that the Pennsylvania State Police have charged Jack Turner with criminal homicide, burglary, and theft.
21-year-old Jack Turner was apprehended in West Virginia in August 2019 after being wanted in Pennsylvania for a double homicide and theft of a vehicle.
Turner has been charged with two counts of criminal homicide for killing his step mother Shannon Whitman and his 10-year-old step brother Darrin Whitman. He is also charged with one count of burglary, and four counts of theft by unlawful taking.
“I can’t comment on the details of the evidence, but we’re satisfied that we have enough evidence to charge Mr. Turner and that we have the right guy,” said Francis Schultz, District Attorney, Crawford County.
It is alleged that the crimes took place at the home of Scott, Shannon and Darrin Whitman located at 13185 State Highway 198, Guys Mills. Turner is the son of Scott Whitman.
“Every time there’s a homicide, it’s unsettling to the community. It’s never a good thing and in this case, when you have a step mother and little boy who has been killed allegedly by someone related to them, it’s awful,” said Schultz.
Schultz added that the charges are a result of a two month investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the Crawford County Office of District Attorney.
Turner was initially charged on August 11, 2019 with the theft of Whitman’s car and an arrest warrant was obtained.
“It’s a terrible tragedy. I’m glad they got the guy that did it. Hopefully everything will calm down and give some peace to the family,” said Michael Fulk, Guys Mills resident.
After being arrested in Charleston, West Virginia, Turner was transported to the Crawford County Correctional Facility on August 28, 2019. He has been in the facility since his return to Crawford County.
Schultz added that the charges that have been filed are merely accusations and that Turner is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.