LPD issues warrant for suspect in 2014 cold case murder

LPD issues warrant for suspect in 2014 cold case murder
Ernest Turman (Source: Lubbock Police Department)
Ernest Turman (Source: Lubbock Police Department)
Eagle Point Townhomes in 2014 (Source: KCBD)
Eagle Point Townhomes in 2014 (Source: KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Detectives with the Lubbock Police Department issued a murder warrant on Tuesday for the man they believe is responsible for the 2014 cold case murder of Ernest Turman.

Michael Homer, 29, was already in the custody of federal agents when the murder warrant was issued.

On October 5th, 2014, officers were called to the 6500 block of Avenue R in response to shots fired. When officers arrived they found the victim, Ernest Turman dead, on the sidewalk at Eagle Pointe Townhomes, which was abandoned at the time. It is a few blocks from Lowery Field.

Through the investigation, as well as gathering witness statements and tips to Crime Line, LPD detectives were able to gather enough evidence to issue the warrant.

According to the warrant, a woman met Turman three months before she met Homer and began prostituting herself out for Homer.  She bought clothes and shoes for Homer. Homer was arrested, so the woman began dating Turman. When Homer got out of jail, he noticed Turman wearing the clothing and shoes the woman bought for him.

The warrant says Homer assaulted the woman and went after Turman. The woman told police the clothing and shoes Turman was wearing at the time of the murder belonged to Homer.

After the shooting, the warrant says Homer cut his hair and avoided police.

Kasie Whitley with the Lubbock Police Department says this case was never closed.

She says the detective originally assigned to the case left the department, so a new detective was assigned to the case.

"For him to be able to understand the case, he needed to go back and talk to witnesses, go back through Crime Line tips," Whitley said.

Whitley says a case like this illustrates how valuable Crime Line tips can be.

"Especially in this case. Because we did have those tips from people who decided to call in from Crime Line, the new detective who came along and was assigned this case was able to go back and look at those tips and see which tips he needed to pursue and where he needed to go from there," she said.

Homer's bond is currently set at $300,000.

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