Greg Turner declared fit to stand trial
A man accused of committing a violent sexual assault has been deemed fit to stand trial.
Gregory Joseph Turner was back in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday following an overnight psychiatric assessment.
Lawyers agreed to set the case over for a bail hearing Nov. 14.
The 34-year-old faces charges of sexual assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats.
The incident was said to have happened about 7:20 a.m. Saturday at Turner’s residence.
The victim was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, treated and released.
Turner — who is originally from Lawn and lives in St. John’s — made headlines in the late 1990s when he was accused of murdering retired school teacher Rose Haley.
The body of Haley, 54, was discovered Dec. 16, 1997 in the bathroom of her home after three men noticed smoke coming from the house and called the fire department.
While the cause of the fire was found to be faulty wiring, the province’s chief medical examiner concluded Haley had been strangled and had received at least three blows to her head and face.
The RCMP charged Turner with first-degree murder in March 1998. Turner, who was 19 at the time, was committed to stand trial for second-degree murder. However, DNA evidence presented during the trial was inconclusive.
Turner was found not guilty by a jury in March 2001.