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Four suspects arrested in death of former football player

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, May 3, 2013, at 11:09 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Jordan Turner, whose body was found early Wednesday morning in a cotton field in southeast Sedgwick County, authorities said Friday.

An investigation revealed Turner, 19, was shot at least twice on March 31 in the field near 127th East and Pawnee, Sedgwick County sheriff’s Capt. Greg Pollock said.

“A gentle nudge” in the form of a Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to the suspects, Pollock said.

All four suspects live in Wichita:

• Emmalynn Spencer, 18

• Kristofer Wright, 20

• Ebony Nguyen, 21

• Eric Jackson, 21

All four were arrested without incident, Pollock said. One of the four knew Turner, and one was a documented gang member. Turner, however, was not a gang member.

Turner was shot with a handgun, Pollock said. He would not discuss the circumstances leading to the shooting, he said.

Turner’s last Facebook post was made on March 29, and his father reported him missing on April 6.

In a phone interview with The Eagle on Friday, Turner’s father expressed thanks to authorities working the case and to the tipster who aided in the arrests.

He added that he fosters “no hate or animosity toward anybody,” including the suspects and their families.

“They’re innocent until proven guilty,” Frank Turner said of those accused in his son’s deaths. “We’re going to let the justice system play out.

“This was some young people making some decisions that cost a young man his life.”

All four suspects are being held on $1 million bond in the Sedgwick County Jail, records show. Spencer, Wright and Nguyen were all arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Jackson is being held on suspicion of aggravated assault.

As of Friday afternoon, the case had not yet been presented to Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett’s office for formal charging, D.A. spokesman Dan Dillon said by e-mail.

Turner is the first homicide of the year in rural Sedgwick County.

His funeral services are pending.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com.

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