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Indianapolis man convicted in pair of 2017 shooting deaths

Maurice Turentine guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter
Posted at 9:48 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 09:50:47-04

INDIANAPOLIS—A Marion County jury has convicted an Indianapolis man in a pair of 2017 shooting deaths.

34-year-old Maurice Turentine was charged with two counts of murder, but he was found guilty of a lesser charge, Voluntary Manslaughter. He'll be sentenced October 25.

This was Turentine's third trial, following two mistrials earlier in the year.

Turentine is one of two people charged in the 2017 murders of 30-year-old Darrel Miller and 31-year-old James Clark, who were shot to death at a home on Villa Avenue on the city's southeast side. Police said the murders appeared to be drug-related. A four-year-old child was present at the time of the shootings but was not harmed.

Turentine first went on trial in February, but a mistrial was declared after jurors began deliberations. There was a second mistrial in June when a defense attorney became ill on the day jurors were expected to deliberate, according to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

Court records show a second suspect in the two murders, Mingo Thames, was convicted last year and sentenced to 110-years in prison.