Man accused of Norfolk officer’s murder: ‘I was innocent from the beginning’

Posted at 11:13 AM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-18 12:05:33-04

Norfolk, Va. - The Commonwealth has dropped all charges against Kareem Turner in the Victor Decker murder case, citing perjury.

Kareem Turner's family waited for hours at the door, only to find out he was released from another building.

They raced through the cold mist, down a wet sidewalk to do what they haven't in a year and a half. Grab him and hold him. Turner quickly scooped up his girls.

“It's a beautiful feeling to hold these doodle heads,” says Turner.

Turner's murder trial was supposed to start this morning. He was one of two men charged in the 2010 robbery and murder of off-duty Norfolk police officer Victor Decker, slain near a Virginia Beach go-go bar. Late last week, Turner's attorneys Thomas Sheppard and Emily Munn, found out one of the state's main witnesses was lying and they could prove it. Commonwealth's Attorney Colin Stolle conceded that derailed the case, at least for now.

“We have an obligation to stop the prosecution of the case. That's what we did today. At this point I don't feel that we have sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. That may change in the future. We'll have to see,” says Stolle.

Stolle said there was other evidence, but he did not disclose it. Turner's attorneys discounted that, saying that Turner was not involved. And Turner himself insisted he was wrongly arrested.

"I don't know why they did what they did, but I just want to let y'all know I was innocent from the beginning” says Turner.

But in a case like this, for every elation there is disappointment. This is a major blow for the officer's widow, Dawn Decker, who until recently thought today would be the first step in justice for her husband.

“I contacted Dawn myself. And it was a very difficult phone call to make. Dawn has been through more than anybody should in life,” says Stolle.

"I thank God it is over, but I hope they find who did this. I really do. My heart goes out to the Decker family. They deserve justice," said Turner's mother.

Sources: Charges to be dropped against man accused of Norfolk officer’s murder