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Chelsi Leila Griffin, Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center Chelsi Leila Griffin, Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center
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(Source: Monica Wooten) Horry County Solicitors Office) (Source: Monica Wooten) Horry County Solicitors Office)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A 23-year-old Conway man pleaded guilty Monday to the murders of his parents, a North Carolina couple found shot to death at a Myrtle Beach hotel in March of 2015.

Alexander Gray Turner was arrested and charged with the murder of Carrie Daley Turner and Steven Gray Turner.

Turner's girlfriend, 19-year-old Chelsi Leila Griffin, from Conway was also charged with murder.

On Monday, Turner pleaded guilty to two counts of murder at a Conway courthouse before a circuit judge, and was sentenced to 47 years in prison, according to the Horry County Clerk of Court. Although he was sentenced to 47 years for each charge, the sentences will run at the same time, according to court documents.

15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson says prosecutors now have a better idea of what happened and why.

“Apparently he had gone down a bad way with some very heavy drugs, and he mentioned that today in his guilty plea,” Richardson said.

Richardson says Turner's parents came to town to get him home. At the time he was wanted for a probation violation in North Carolina.

They quickly found out about another arrest in Surfside Beach and Richardson says they got angry and cut him off financially.

Then, early in the morning, he killed his parents, and took their car and credit cards.

Turner then returned to the hotel twice to extend their stay. Employees told police something wasn't right.

Police arrested him the following at the Monarch Apartments off Highway 544.

Now Turner will stay behind bars for four decades, but Richardson says that doesn’t fix everything.
 

"Justice is a poor substitute sometimes,” the Solicitor said. “47 years is an awful long time, but it's never going to bring them back."

Griffin has yet to go to trial for the murder charges, court documents state.

Carrie Turner, 52, and Steven Turner, 61, were found shot to death at the Landmark Resort Hotel in South Ocean Boulevard on Friday, March 6, 2015.  

Information obtained during the investigation led police to the Monarch apartment complex located on Highway 544, where Alexander Turner and Chelsi Griffin were found and arrested after a search. Two other suspects, Grant Dollens and Roxanna Cumpan, admitted to knowingly helping hide Turner and Griffin, and were arrested on charges of accessory.

Related Links:

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