MARIGOT–Veterinarian Jean-Louis Turquin was found shot to death on Friday night at around 10:30pm, during what appeared to be a robbery attempt at his Mont Vernon home.
Capitaine Emmanuel Maignan confirmed that several individuals had entered the house and Turquin’s body was found in the bedroom by his wife, who had returned home from a night out. One of the bullets that had been fired struck the vet in the back. Two bullet casings were found on the ground. Evidently the would-be burglars were surprised by Turquin. According to the preliminary evidence from the Gendarmerie, the house had been searched, but no items were stolen.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that Turquin (68) was condemned in 1997 in Nice for the murder of his eight-year-old son Charles Edouard. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The body of the boy was never found and Turquin had always claimed his innocence.
His appeals were rejected, but in July 2006, he was released on parole after serving 10 years of his sentence. He took up residence in St. Martin in 2010.