The trial of a former Nacogdoches pharmacist accused of paying a 14-year-old girl started yesterday. Mr. Stanley Turner, 65 years old, appeared in the 145th Judicial District Court where he faces multiple charges of sexual assault of a minor.
In order to flee any possible charges, it was alleged that the pharmacist had approached the mother of the victim with a sum of $2,000.
In the opening remarks of the case, the jurors were told how Mr. Turner had sex with the teen and then drove her to a store to buy hair products.
Meanwhile, the defense attorney for Mr. Turner asked the judge to consider the admission of guilt until the end of the punishment phase of the trial. He also stated that Mr. Turner had been experiencing some challenges at home due to a long-term illness of his wife, but that he was a good man with no prior convictions.
The mother, Ms. Marshia Lasha Robinson, of the victim was the first witness to take the stand. She claimed her daughter had gone missing for 5 days in August of 2014 and that she found her in the end in a police station. After she had returned home, the mother claims her child was more withdrawn than ever and didn’t want to speak about what had happened.
The woman also claimed that several months later, in October of that year, Mr. Turner contacted her to pay money so the case could go away.
Two police officers also testified confirming that Mr. Turner contacted the mother in order to silence the victim and herself from meeting with authorities of alleged crimes. With their help, the mother agreed to meet Mr. Turner at a location in Lufkin where authorities then arrested Turner and found a check in his wallet.
The trial continues.