News Banner


For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 05, 2010 Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Marco Villarreal, Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force (713) 718-4428; or USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Former Prison Guard, 15 Most Wanted Fugitive, Nabbed in North Carolina
Albert James Turner Jr. captured after a week on most wanted list
Washington – One week after being added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list and one day before his case was to be profiled nationally on FOX’s America’s Most Wanted, former state corrections officer Albert James Turner Jr. is now behind bars.

A promo featuring Turner aired this morning on Live with Regis and Kelly as America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh appeared to promote the show’s 1,000th episode, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Saturday.  A viewer tip led to Turner’s arrest this morning at a mall in Concord, N.C.  He was taken into custody without incident.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force, along with the Rosenberg (Texas) Police Department, had been searching for Turner for the Dec. 27, 2009, murders of his wife, Keitha Turner, and mother-in-law Betty Joe Frank. Turner’s wife and her mother died from stab wounds to the face and neck – injuries inflicted in the presence of a number of Turner’s children. Turner fled the Texas crime scene and had been on the run prior to his arrest this morning.

“Thanks to America’s Most Wanted and a viewer tip, Turner will now get a different perspective of what it is like to be in a prison,”  said John F. Clark, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “The fact that he committed horrible crimes in front of his children makes his capture even more satisfying.”

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency.  For more information on U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitives and major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.