It’s been years since a beloved Georgia woman died in her Paulding County home from a gunshot wound to the head, and the county’s district attorney is reportedly reassessing the case.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Heather Turner, 35, died inside her Dallas County home in May 2017, and although her husband, Andy D. Turner, said she took her own life, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) called her death “questionable.”
GBI, along with Sgt. Ashley Henson, the Public Information Officer at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, previously confirmed to CrimeOnline that the investigation into Heather’s death is still open and at the time, additional evidence was being processed.
The case is now in the hands of the Paulding County District Attorney’s Office. It was transferred to the office in 2019, where the manner of death has remained “undetermined”
Heather’s case was recently showcased on the latest “It Couldn’t Happen Here” episode, hosted by actress Hillary Burton, well-known for her role as Peyton in “One Tree Hill.”
The episode, now airing now on AMC+, has brought Heather’s case back into the spotlight, where, still, more questions than answers linger.
Andy Turner previously told CBS 46 that he found his wife deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after she stepped out of the shower on the early morning of May 4. He claimed he found her lying naked on the bathroom floor in the master bedroom.
Turner said he attempted to perform CPR on his wife, but the efforts were in vain. He then contacted his parents before calling 911, according to a Paulding E-911 ORR Response.
The 911 call was placed by Turner on May 4, 2017, at around 6 a.m. Yet, according to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, the time of the incident stated it occurred around 5:30 a.m.
When CBS’ Dan Wilkerson questioned Turner on the 30-minute time-lapse, Turner said that his wife was in the bathroom “for a period” of time after 5:30 a.m. before he heard the gunshot.
“She typically gets out of bed sets her alarm around 5:30 [a.m.] to 5:45 [a.m.], and she had gotten up that morning and was in the bathroom for a period of time before we ever heard anything.”
A coroner’s report, provided by Lindsey Eberhart with the Paulding County Coroner’s Office, confirmed that Heather was found nude with a single gunshot wound to the right side of her head.
The report also indicated that it appeared someone tried to clean a wall near the toilet. The bullet, according to the report, was never found.
Eberhart told CrimeOnline that she had questions about the death, and notated it in a report she sent to the GBI, adding that the final decision on the manner of death was out of her hands.
Eberhart also touched on rumors that she and Andy Turner grew up together, as he mentioned during the show’s episode. Eberhart said she wasn’t sure why Andy Turner claimed he grew up with her, as she is a decade younger than him and attended private schools in a different city while growing up.
Friends Say Suicide Not Likely
CrimeOnline spoke with Heather’s long-time friend, Joanie Miller, and her husband, actor Jeremy Miller of the popular 1980s hit ABC show, “Growing Pains.” The Millers both indicated that they didn’t feel Heather, who was the mother of two children, would have taken her own life.
“I honestly have never met another more beautiful soul inside and out. She is gorgeous,” Joanie Miller said. “There is no way I thought for one second Heather killed herself. She knew the pain and torture of having lost her mother and voices she would never do that to her kids. She was such a good mom and it was so evident how close her and her daughter were.”
Jeremy Miller echoed Joanie’s sentiment.
“She had the warmest and most welcoming personality. [She was] quirky, funny, and a beautiful and compassionate heart thrown in as a bonus. She was an incredibly special lady. I know in my heart that Heather could never and would never have killed herself.”
According to CBS 46, authorities said that there is a strong argument that points to homicide, but also a strong argument that points to possible suicide.
Efforts to reach Andy Turner, who has maintained his innocence since his wife’s death, have been unsuccessful so far.
For more information on the case, visit “Justice for Heather Turner,” a Facebook group dedicated to the case, which has amassed more than 5,000 followers.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional information becomes available.
[Feature Photo: Heather Turner via Clark Funeral Home]