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Mitchell Turner, 41, of Berea, testifies in the 2008 trial of Douglas Wayne Hall, who was accused of severely injuring Turner and killing Turner’s girlfriend in a 2006 robbery. Turner was arrested Monday night, accused of killing a Berea acquaintance, Gary Deaton, 53.

BEREA — A Floyd’s Branch man was arrested Monday and charged with murder.

Mitchell Turner, 41, was arrested by Kentucky State Police at about 8:45 p.m.

Police received a 911 call Monday night from Turner’s mother, who told police her son had come to her house saying he had killed Gary Deaton, 53, a resident of Red Lick Road, according to KSP Master Trooper Chris Lanham.

The two men were acquainted with one another, Lanham said, and had been drinking together for most of Monday afternoon.

“We do believe alcohol played a factor,” he said.

The incident occurred at a residence on Liza Allen Road. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered Deaton’s body outside the residence, a KSP press release said.

An autopsy performed Tuesday by the State Medical Examiner’s office revealed that Deaton died of blunt force trauma and possible stab wounds, according to Jimmy Cornelison, Madison County Coroner.

Lanham said toxicology tests also are being performed on Deaton, but cautioned those results could take weeks to process.

Turner is being held in the Madison County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash bond.

KSP Detectives Chris Short and Joie Peters are leading the investigation.

In 2006, Turner was involved in another murder case as a victim of an attempted murder, when Tony Clayton Hodge and Douglas Wayne Hall of London, killed Turner’s girlfriend, Margaret Faye Jackson, 56, of Big Hill, and attempted to murder Turner.

Hodge kicked in the door to Jackson’s trailer, fired several shots into the home killing Jackson and injuring Turner, before stabbing Turner and looting Jackson’s trailer.

Turner was left for dead, but survived several gun and knife wounds inflicted on him by Hodge.

Hodge later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing Jackson and to 20 years for attempting to kill Turner. He also was sentenced to 40 years in prison in early 2008 for killing Matthew R. Smith in Laurel County. Hall stood trial in early 2006 and was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. The jury recommended a 45-year prison sentence.

Emily Burton may be reached at eburton@richmondregister.com or at 624-6694. Follow Emily on Twitter at RR_EBurton@twitter.com.

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