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The Tragic Story of Dustin Turner

His Whole Life Changed in an Instant

A murder case that left an innocent man, former Navy SEAL Trainee Dustin Turner, sentenced to 82 years in prison…without parole (parole was abolished in Virginia in 1995).

To understand what really happened, we need to go back to June 19, 1995 and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Dusty was just 20 years old. He and his “swim buddy” Billy Brown, who was 23, were about to complete SEAL Tactical Training at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. They were celebrating at the Bayou nightclub in Virginia Beach. It was around 1:45 a.m.  Monday morning and Dusty and Jennifer Evans had been enjoying each other’s company for several hours. They walked out to his car to wait for her friends to return from a coffee shop down the road.

Billy Brown had been drinking heavily all night and was very drunk when he staggered out to Dusty’s car. He got into the back seat on the passenger side and  began insulting Jennifer with obscene comments and pulling her hair. When she slapped his hand away, he suddenly lunged forward in a drunken rage, whipped his arms around her neck in a deadly maneuver that killed her instantly. Dusty instinctively began prying and clawing at Brown's arms, which were locked around Jennifer's neck yelling "Let her go, just let her go!"

Team Up for Turner!


We just received word (August 30, 2019) that the ordered investigation into Dusty's request for a pardon has been completed.

The report has been returned to the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Now, the results go to the Governor for his approval. At times, this can be a long process. But NOW is the time to reach out to the Governor's office in support of Dusty's release for a crime that he did not commit. We ask that you please write these people to ask for Dusty's release and show your support.

The Honorable Governor Ralph S. Northam
Office of the Governor
PO Box 1475
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Kelly Thomasson
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Patrick Henry Building
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Please mail these letters to Dusty's counsel, David Hargett at:

Hargett Law
11545 Nuckols Road, Suite C
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059



Another way you can show your support for Dusty is to contribute to holiday care packages.  A few years ago, the prison institutions started allowing holiday packages for snacks and food.  The program has expanded to a quarterly basis.  I have been purchasing these packages for my son and other inmates as well.  Other expenses include stamps, envelopes, phone bills, music players, and downloaded music and programs for him to work on. I am NOT asking for funds to travel to visit Dusty.  But I am asking for funding for these regularly recurring expenses, such as the care packages and money on his account to call home. You can donate toward these expenses at GoFundMe.


The riveting documentary Target of Opportunity: The U.S. Navy Seals and the Murder of Jennifer Evans is now available on iTunes! Filmmaker J.D. Leete and the producers of the Documentary: "Target of Opportunity" have been trying to get this documentary released for the public, and now they have released the documentary to ITunes. We don't think anybody with an open mind can watch it and not know there has been an injustice. If they don't, the filmmaker would love to go over the facts with you! Get it exclusively from ITunes: http://bit.ly/1BJoi6E

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Finally realizing that Jennifer was dead, Dusty was in total shock and disbelief. Brown screamed at him to “Drive! Just f……drive!” Dusty stopped thinking, and in a panic reacted to his intensive SEAL training that screamed to him “always protect your swim buddy” regardless of the cost. His instinct for survival and misplaced loyalty to Brown took over as he started the engine and drove out of the parking lot.

Dusty and Brown drove west from Virginia Beach on I-64 to a park just off the highway. They carried Jennifer’s body to a wooded area and covered it with leaves and twigs. They then returned to the car and drove back to Fort A.P. Hill.

For eight days, Dusty agonized about protecting Brown by remaining silent about what had happened that night. Back in Virginia Beach, Jennifer’s disappearance was causing a media frenzy. Unable to bear the increasing burden he was carrying,  Dusty went to his commanding officer. He told him the truth about what had happened and said that he could protect his swim buddy no longer.

During his trial in 1996, Brown lied in his testimony saying that Dusty alone had murdered Jennifer. Brown was convicted of first degree murder, abduction and attempted rape, and sentenced to 72 years in prison.

Three months later, with an outraged community and media,  Dusty was convicted of first degree murder and abduction, and sentenced to 82 years in prison, 10 more years than Brown received! The foreman of the jury later disclosed that several members believed that Dusty was innocent of murder and abduction.

Since he first told his story to his commanding officer, Dusty has steadfastly maintained his innocence, acknowledging that he was guilty only of being an accessory-after-the-fact. His story has never varied or changed. This offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail. To date, Dusty has served nearly 23 years in prison, over half of his life.

In 2002, Billy Brown confessed to Jennifer Evans’ murder and said that Dusty played no part in it. Dusty then petitioned for a “writ of actual innocence” and his conviction was overturned by a three-judge panel of the Virginia State Court of Appeals. (click here for text). The State Attorney General’s Office quickly appealed this decision and the original Court of Appeals ruling was overturned. In 2011, the Supreme Court of Virginia disagreed with the initial Court of Appeals ruling. The Supreme Court decision was based on a newly created theory which suggested that a jury "could believe" that Dusty abducted Jennifer by "deception." This new theory was invented 14 years after the crime in response to one word in the ruling from the same court that convicted Dusty: "...Brown is credible in his assertion that he acted independently in murdering the victim and that Mr. Turner had no role in the murder or in the RESTRAINING of the victim."

If you are moved by this story of what has happened to Dustin Turner, we urge you to sign a Petition for Clemency. Sign either at MoveOn.org OR at Change.org!

Thank you for your interest and support of Dusty’s cause. Your efforts will help to free Dusty and bring this good and patriotic young man home.

Click here to read important news stories about Dusty's case.

Click here to read an in-depth description of what happened that night.