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John Turner

John Turner

The report below by The Daily Herald is the last information we can find on this case. We will dig some more to see if this case ever went to trial and if so the outcome.


A former Scotland Neck police officer has been indicted in connection to the November death of Roger Anthony.

A grand jury in Halifax County indicted John Turner, 26, on the charge of involuntary manslaughter, in the Nov. 21 death of Roger Anthony, 61, who died after Turner shot him with a stun gun.

Turner responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated man around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. When Turner arrived, he saw Anthony riding his bike in the area and tried to get him to stop. When Anthony didn’t stop, Turner shot him with his stun gun.

According to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office, Anthony died from head trauma suffered when he fell from his bicycle and hit his head on the pavement.

Anthony had a history of seizures, according to the autopsy report, and had endured a craniotomy in the past, which is a surgical procedure where part of the skull is removed to allow surgical access to the brain.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation looked into the case at the request of the Scotland Neck Police Department, and after a lengthy investigation, the Halifax County District Attorney’s office obtained an indictment June 25.

Turner was served with an order for arrest July 6 and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Anthony’s death.

He is free on bond and is due in court Aug. 6.

Turner resigned from the Scotland Neck Police Department after Anthony’s death.

Scotland Neck Mayor Leonard Bunting and Police Chief Joe Williams declined to comment on the case when reached this morning.

District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey did not immediately respond to a request to comment this morning.

She emailed The Daily Herald last week she had no comment on the Anthony case.

  1. u have my support at

  2. My biggest hope is to restore sanity to the populace and lead them away from reliance on a brutal careless system. Thankfully, I’m not alone. May these victims of the state rest in peace…

  3. The person who called in the report which lead to Mr. Turner going to find Mr. Anthony said that a person (Anthony) appeared drunk and had fallen off his bicycle. Has anyone given a thought to perhaps when he fell off bicycle the first time that the injury occured and that lead to his death. I sincerely hope that this is brought up to the jury when Mr. Turner goes to trial, because this to me, is reasonable doubt. The fatal injury could have occured either when he first fell off his bike and a report was called in or when he fell of after being tased. Another thought is that Turner obviously thought the man was ignoring him (he didn’t know Anthony was deaf), when he saw him pull something out of his pocket and put it in his mouth, he could have easily assumed that the man was trying to get rid of some sort of illegal drug, especially since the called in report said that Anthony appeared to be drunk. (The appearance of being drunk could certainly be mistaken for someone who is under the influence of drugs.) I feel sympathy for the family of Mr. Anthony, but if he was deaf and suffered from seizures, he really shouldn’t have been riding a bicycle in the first place.

    • The cop needs some jail time to think about what he’s done. Anthony did nothing to provoke a violent response from the officer. Even if he was injured in the first fall, he needed an ambulance, not a tazor. We need to take clubs, tazors, and guns away from these rhoid pumped idiots and then maybe they’d slow down enough to help citizens rather than jump straight to lethal force. Failure to Obey by an unarmed person is not justification for lethal force…Ever!

  4. This is an overmilitarization of the police combined with that “We are the soldiers in a war in the street
    ” mentality..

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