Response to Sept. 4 letter from Hope Turner:
First, get your facts straight. We never said the “Turner family” wasn’t remorseful. We do not blame you for Danny’s actions. Danny hasn’t truly taken responsibility for Jerry’s death, and he fakes remorse. He just feels sorry for himself and says what he thinks will increase his parole chances. Danny lied at the parole hearing about his involvement by blaming everything on Quincy Scott.
Secondly, you are being untruthful saying you contacted our pastor and friends trying to get in touch with us. Who did you contact? You stated we “turned everything away that has tried to help.” What have you tried to do? Prior to the August hearing, my only contact with you was in 1991 ... at the courthouse during Danny’s trial, and when you drove down Checotah’s Broadway Street shaking your fist at me when I was 16 years old. In 2010, you had the audacity to stop at my aunt’s house and ask us to stop protesting Danny’s parole. In August, I sat beside you at Danny’s hearing. You had an opportunity to discuss your son’s remorse with me then, but you scooted your chair away. Thus far, any outreach you have attempted was merely to serve you. So yes, we rejected your attempts to contact us.
There are fundamental differences between your family and mine. You believe Danny just did a childish prank and think he should get out of prison. We know Danny intended to kill someone. Classmates testified Danny asked if cyanide would kill, and they told him yes. We think Danny should serve the full life sentence the jury gave him.
Lastly, asking us if we can account for every flower on Jerry’s grave is an affront which is another example of your boundless vulgarity. This is not about you. It’s about the intentional killing of my brother Jerry by your son.
A meeting is pointless. We will continue to fight Danny’s parole.
Delicia Hurst Crouse