Central Texas homeowner Terry Duane Turner is in police custody after authorities said he murdered a man who was parked in his driveway.
Turner, 65, turned himself in after officials issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday. He was wanted after police said he shot and killed 31-year-old Adil Dghoughi in the early morning hours of Oct. 11 in the driveway of Turner’s Martindale home.
The homeowner was charged with murder and booked at the Caldwell County Jail, but was reportedly released on $150,000 bond less than two hours later.
Police: Terry Duane Turner Killed Motorist in Driveway
According to police documents obtained by KTBC Fox 7 of Austin, Turner told authorities that he had woken up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom when he noticed Dghoughi’s car parked in his driveway with the lights turned off.
Turner said he retrieved a handgun from his bedroom and ran outside, at which point Dghoughi turned on his headlights and “rapidly” backed away. Turner told authorities he chased the car to the end of the driveway.
When the car veered right and shifted into drive to leave, Turner said he tapped the car window twice with his handgun before shooting Dghoughi.
He called 911 and told the operator “I just killed a guy,” according to court documents, adding: “He started racing away and I ran after him. He pointed a gun at me and I shot.”
Investigators said they found no firearms in Dghoughi’s car.
Girlfriend Says the Victim Was Lost
Dghoughi’s girlfriend Sarah Todd told reporters she believes the 31-year-old was lost, and pulled into the driveway to look up directions on his phone.
Todd said that she and Adil Dghoughi were staying at her cousin’s house in Converse, a suburb of San Antonio, when he told her he “wanted to leave and was not comfortable staying over,” according to Fox 7.
Surveillance cameras at Todd’s home in Maxwell — about 7 minutes from Terry Duane Turner’s Martindale home — reportedly showed the 31-year-old parked in her driveway and sat in the car for about 2 hours, leaving the house at about 3 a.m., some 40 minutes before he was killed.
Todd said the behavior was not unusual for her boyfriend.
“His habits were to drive around and decompress and listen to music,” she told reporters.
A lawyer speaking on behalf of Dghoighi’s family said that the car windows were closed during the encounter.
“The bullet entered his hand before it entered his head,” attorney Mehdi Cherkaoui told Fox 7. “And the bullet exited the victim’s head, and actually there was enough force for it to travel through the passenger-side window.”
The Police Are Facing Criticism
That officials did not arrest Turner for two weeks after he admitted to the shooting drew scrutiny from Dghoughi’s loved ones and supporters, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“This incident is tragic to the family who lost a loved one under suspicious circumstances,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Austin, before Turner’s arrest on Friday. “We call for an independent and transparent investigation into the killing of Mr. Dghoughi, who was unarmed and in his car when shot.”
“Something like this should not have even been questioned,” Dghouoghi’s girlfriend said. If someone is murdered, whether it’s on someone’s property or out in the street, they should automatically be arrested.”
Friends, family and well-wishers of Adir Dgoughi gathered in Austin on Saturday and in Martindale on Sunday for vigils in remembrance of the slain 31-year-old.
According to NPR, Dghoughi emigrated from Morocco in 2013 and earned a master’s degree in financial analysis from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He had reportedly been living in Texas since 2019.
Is There Enough Evidence to go to Trial?
Now out on bond, Terry Duane Turner will face a grand jury, which will determine whether there is enough evidence to indict him and bring the case to trial.
A Caldwell County jail official told the Associated Press that the name of Turner’s attorney was unavailable Sunday.