On January 5, 2001 Washington D.C., investigators charged Darryl D. Turner with a third murder three over a three-year period. Turner, 36, was charged with the 1995 murder of Toni Ann Burdine. Burdine, a known prostitute and drug user, was found in an open field in the Northeastern section of the city May 4, 1995. The 32-year-old had been raped and strangled to death.
Three years later police arrested Turner for two similar slayings. After reopening the Burdine case, authorities were able to match a strain of semen taken from her body to Turner's DNA. Turner has already been charged with first-degree murder in the 1997 deaths of Jacqueline Teresa Birch, 39, and Dana Hill, 34. Both women were also known prostitutes and were strangled to death. Further, all three victims have been found near Turner's home. Turner has pleaded not guilty to all three attacks.
D.C. police believe there may be more charges to come as they investigate Turner's possible connection to at least four other unsolved killings of neighborhood women who worked as prostitutes. The additional victims are Lateashia Blocker, 28, who was found in 1995 in the same empty house as Teresa Birch; Emile Dennis, 42, who was discovered in December 1997 in a crawl space beneath the townhouse where Turner lived with his wife; Jessica Cole, 41, whose body was found badly mutilated on October 1996; and 49-year-old Priscilla Mosley.
Turner was not the initial suspect in the slayings of Birch and Hill. The most compelling evidence police have so far revealed against Turner, in addition to the DNA matches, is the testimony of a former girlfriend who Turner is charged with raping and choking. In a 1997 hearing, the woman testified that Turner once said he preferred violent sex, including strangulation, because he had "trouble achieving sexual enjoyment any other way." The woman also told police that, while attacking her, Turner said he was "tired of paying you [women] for sex."