Turner faces two trials in the same week
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:15:35 GMT —
A Bloomfield man accused of sexually assaulting and stalking a juvenile male is scheduled for two separate trials in the same week.
In late November District Court Judge Joel Yates schedule a January 28 trial date for 55 year-old Kenneth Wayne Turner.
During that trial Turner will be facing several felony counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree. Those charges stem from a Turnerâ??s September arrest in Davis County. Prosecutors alleged that Turner repeatedly sexually and physically abused a juvenile male who had been living in Turner's Bloomfield home.
That trial will held in Keokuk County on a change of venue motion by the defense.
Turner has a second trial scheduled for January 27, in Wapello County. In that case, Turner has been charged with stalking the victim of the sexual assault after he had been released on bond.
Turner obviously canâ??t stand trial in two separate counties at the same time; Assistant Wapello County Attorney Gary E. Oldenburger, who is prosecuting the stalking case, tells KTVO that the Sexual Abuse Case will have to be tried first, because it was filed first.
The Oldenburger says that because Turner demanded a speedy trial, his office must take the case to trial before February 21, if the trial on the stalking charge is still necessary at that point.
Assistant Iowa Attorney General Laura Roan is handling the prosecution of the sexual abuse case. She confirms Oldenburgerâ??s timeline telling KTVO she predicts the sexual abuse trial will start as scheduled on January 28.
Turner was taken into custody after his original bond was revoked after the stalking complaint, he remains in custody on $100,000 cash only bond.