Born March 16, 1948 to Joe and Jackie Turner of Carlsbad, N.M. Raised in Lubbock, attended public schools and graduated Coronado High School in 1966. Graduated Texas Tech with a BBA in 1971. Graduated Baylor University School of Law with JD in 1974. Associate Editor Baylor Law Review.
Married for 35 years to the former Lou Pat Camp. The couple has two children, Lisa, age 31; and Thomas John (T.J.) Turner, 27. Lisa is a school teacher and T.J. is an attorney with the office of General Counsel to the Governor of Texas. Member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church; teaches adult Sunday school class.
Coached eight years in Little League Baseball and the Youth Football League. Also served as both a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. Served on the boards of Family Outreach of Lubbock; Lubbock Children's Protective Services, AMBUCS, Lubbock County Legal Aid Society and is a member of the Lubbock Lion's Club.
1974-1976 Assist. Criminal District Attorney for Lubbock County. Chief prosecutor for the 140th District Court; supervising attorney for bad check office.
1976-1981 Private practice with Wagonseller and Cobb; partner with Wagonseller, Cobb, Burrows & Snuggs of Lubbock
1981-1988 Private practice with Sam Medina
1988-1994 Private practice with Sam Medina and H.L. O’Neal
1994-1996 Private Practice with H.L. O’Neal and Baynetta Jordan
1996-present Private practice with Baynetta Jordan
Tommy has lectured at statewide seminars on trial techniques and has been an instructor on trial techniques at the Trial Advocacy College of Texas.
Special Appointments of Note
1992 Appointed Attorney pro tem (special prosecutor) by 237th District Court to investigate Lubbock County Medical Examiner Ralph Erdman, M.D., suspected of making false autopsy reports. The investigation resulted in seven felony indictments, to which Erdman pled no contest, resulting in a sentence of 10 years probation, a fine, and the loss of his medical license.
2004 Appointed as Special Prosecutor by the 137th District Court to prosecute Damon Richardson, whose conviction for capital murder had been reversed on appeal. Case was resolved with the Defendant pleading guilty to murder.