Jury sentences David Lasley to 40 years

Jury sentences David Lasley to 40 years

MARION, AR (KAIT) - 2:43 P.M., Dec. 9 UPDATE: A jury sentenced David Lasley to 40 years in prison Friday.

Prosecutors believe Lasley will be up for parole soon since he's already served about 37 years in prison.

Judy Darwin, the daughter of Wanda Turnbow, said they were thankful for Lasley's apology during court.

She said they know they are not the only people who have suffered during the past 37 years.

"Hate that we've had to endure it again,' Darwin said. "Both sides have lost but due to what David decided to do that fatal night and both sides are trying to put it behind us, best that we can."

Members of the Turnbow family said they appreciated everything the prosecutors did for them during this case.

Members of the Lasley family said they did not want to make a comment to Region 8 News about the sentencing.

9:52 p.m., Dec. 8 UPDATE: A man who was convicted in a 1979 murder case told a jury Thursday that he was drinking and smoking marijuana the day he killed the person.

The jury was seated this week in the resentencing of David Lasley, who was convicted in 1980 of the murder of Wanda Turnbow. Lasley told the jury he was startled to see Turnbow at the store that day and that she kept asking questions that scared him.

Lasley said he just started shooting, was nervous, scared and took about $643, noting he did not plan to use a gun that day.

During cross examination, Lasley said he did not know what he would have done with the money. Family and friends of Lasley, as well as people who worked at the Arkansas Department of Correction, also testified Thursday. Each said Lasley has rehabilitated himself, receiving a high school diploma and several certificates for completing programs in the state prison system.

Lasley said if he were released, he would move to the Dallas area where he has family.

Court will reconvene Friday morning.

In the second day of the resentencing trial of David Lasley, most the testimony focused on the events leading up to and after the murder of a store employee.

Lasley, who was convicted of murder in the 1979 killing of Wanda Turnbow, is the first inmate in the state to be resentenced after the U.S. Supreme Court said it is unconstitutional to give mandatory life sentences to juveniles.

Lasley was sentenced to life in prison during his original trial in 1980.

Tuesday, former Jonesboro police officer Tim Cudd and a former J.C. Penney employee, Thomas Lloyd, took the stand in the morning.

Cudd said he responded to the store when he found Lloyd and another man with blood on them. He also discovered Turnbow's body in a store vault.

Lloyd testified that Lasley pulled a gun on him and forced him into the store's vault, where he was stuck for nearly an hour until Turnbow's husband let him out.

Former Jonesboro detective Dean Bradley took the stand and described crime scene photographs used in the original trial.

After another recess, the testimony from Jim Heinrich, who was an employee of the store, was read, which explained the purpose of the vault and discussed the store's closing procedure. Several other testimonies were read from the original trial.

Day two of the trial wrapped up with victim impact statements.

Turnbow's daughters and her son-in-law told jurors that Wanda's murder ripped them apart and made it difficult to trust others.

Court reconvenes at the Crittenden County Courthouse at 1:00 p.m.

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