Lubbock police searching for suspect in 2014 cold case murder

Lubbock police need help with cold case murder
Published: Oct. 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2016 at 12:03 AM CDT
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Source: KCBD Video
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police are searching for the people responsible for the murder of 32-year-old Ernest Deanthony Turman, found on a sidewalk at Eagle Pointe Townhomes on Oct. 5, 2014.

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Lubbock police are looking for a suspect in a murder that happened at a vacant apartment complex on Sunday afternoon.

Police found 32-year-old Ernest Deanthony Turman's body on a sidewalk at Eagle Pointe Townhomes at 6127 Avenue R, just blocks away from Lowery Field.

The suspect is described as a 5'9, 210-pound black man.

This makes the 12th murder in Lubbock this year, compared to 11 murders in 2013.

Concerned residents who live in the area near Eagle Pointe gathered behind the crime scene tape once they learned about the murder.

Although no one lives at the complex, it has been described as dangerous ground.

Rickay Smith lives directly behind Eagle Pointe. She said heard the gunshots, and she saw Turman's body on the ground when she walked outside.

Rickay moved to the neighborhood in May. There have been two fatal shootings in the area since then.

Just last month, on Sept. 5, police say 19-year-old Shovantae Johnson shot and killed 22-year-old Demodrick Williams in a parking lot outside Falcon Cove Townhomes.

This is a little more than a half-mile away from where Turman's body was found.

Less than 24 hours before Williams was killed, 44-year-old Robert Ramirez senior was shot and killed at the 1800 block of 49th Street.

This is a little over a mile from the Turman murder scene.

Diane Linker and her family have lived in the area behind Eagle Pointe for three years now, and these shootings have her concerned.

"It's at the point where we have to put cameras up to keep an eye on who's around for the safety of the kids and the grandkids," Linker said.

Linker's daughter, Debra Smith, hopes that Lubbock police will increase patrols in the area to keep her three children safe.

"It's dangerous and I don't like it," Smith said, "but it's the only place we can afford, so it's the only place we can stay."

Police ask anyone with information about Turman's murder to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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