Thursday, May 15, 2003

Shooting victim had been stalked

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - A court order, a surveillance camera and her mother's courageous attempt to intervene weren't enough to protect Angela Lynn Turley from a violent death.

Turley, 27, was fatally shot in the head Tuesday in the apartment she shared with her mother, Janie, 58. Hamilton police filed a warrant accusing Angela Turley's ex-boyfriend, Anthony Darnell Mason, of murder. Police said a felonious assault charge also is being considered, and a court date has yet to be set.

Mason, 43, of Erlanger, was arrested in Covington shortly after the shooting at the Lexington Apartments, 1134 NW Washington Blvd., where a surveillance camera had been aimed at the parking lot, possibly by the victim or her mother, Hamilton police said.

Janie Turley was treated at Fort Hamilton Hospital. In a tape-recorded 911 call, she said Mason had forced his way into the apartment, pointed a gun at her and her daughter, and they struggled over the gun. A police report says Mason also pistol-whipped Janie Turley when she tried to protect her daughter from the attacker.

Authorities said Mason suffered a gunshot wound to the hand, which he may have accidentally self-inflicted while shooting Angela Turley.

The attack happened just a day before Mason was to face additional action in Kenton Circuit Court, where Angela Turley had obtained a temporary protection order against Mason in February.

In a statement that seems prophetic now, Angela Turley wrote: "I am scared to death that there will be more violence in the future."

After that protection-order petition was filed Feb. 6, Turley and her sister filed four Hamilton police reports alleging damage to a Ford Explorer that her sister owns but was letting Turley drive.

Though Turley told police she strongly suspected Mason was responsible, police said they were unable to prove who committed the crimes.


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