Man charged in Turner murder granted continuance

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | 4:20 p.m. CDT; updated 11:50 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Aletha M. Turner has been granted a continuance.

Ryan C. Bridger, 22, of Columbia pleaded not guilty to shooting Turner, 67, in the head. Turner lived off Lake of the Woods Road.

Bridger did, however, admit to stealing a small-caliber handgun, keys to Turner’s home, some jewelry and a Wii game system, according to a previous Missourian article.

Turner’s body was found Dec. 20 in her Dewey Lane home, and an autopsy on Dec. 23 found that she died of a gunshot wound.

Shortly after Bridger's arrest, Boone County Sheriff's Detective Tom O'Sullivan said Bridger was "in a relationship with the victim's niece." A previous Missourian article reported that O'Sullivan would not be specific on how investigators came to focus on Bridger.

Bridger’s case has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 12 with Judge Deborah Daniels.


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