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Lynn Turner
March 3, 1995 Glenn Turner, a Cobb County police officer, dies after exhibiting "flu-like" symptoms for several days.
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
January 22, 2001 Randy Thompson, a Forsyth County firefighter, dies after exhibiting "flu-like" symptoms for several days. His live-in companion is Lynn Turner.
  Forsyth County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
June 22, 2001 Cobb County police link the deaths of Randy Thomson and Glenn Turner. They begin a homicide investigation.
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
July 30, 2001 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, having been called into the Lynn Turner case to assist the Forsyth County police, declare that firefighter Randy Thomson died from antifreeze poisoning. His death will later be ruled a homicide.
  Forsyth County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
June 27, 2002 Cobb County changes Glenn Turner's cause of death from irregular heartbeat to antifreeze poisoning.
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
November 1, 2002 Georgia's "Black Widow," Lynn Turner, is indicted on charges she killed her husband Glenn, a Cobb County police officer, in 1995
  Lynn Turner
  Cobb County, Georgia
February 2, 2004 Jury selection in the Lynn Turner trial begins in Marietta.
  Marietta, GA
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
February 4, 2004 After 2 days of trying to seat an impartial jury in the Lynn Turner case, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford orders a change of venue.
  Houston County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
  Cobb County, Georgia
April 26, 2004 Lynn Turner's trial resumes in Perry, Georgia (Houston County).
  Houston County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
May 14, 2004 After hearing evidence that included the antifreeze poisoning of boyfriend Randy Thompson, Houston County jurors convict Lynn Turner of killing husband Glenn Turner.
  Lynn Turner
  Houston County, Georgia
March 24, 2007 Lynn Turner is convicted of the murder of Randy Thompson
  Lynn Turner
  Whitfield County, Georgia


Glenn Turner and Randy Thompson had little in common, except for Lynn Turner (nee Womack), a former 911 operator that Thompson dated and Turner married, and their causes of death - anti-freeze poisoning.

Glenn was a Cobb County policeman and Randy a Forsyth County fireman. Turner was married to Lynn Turner, a one-time 911 operator. Thompson had been dating Turner before the death of her husband and she lived with the firefighter after Glenn Turner's untimely death. Six years later, Thompson lay dead from symptoms that were strikingly similar to Turner's.

Following Thompson's death Glenn Turner's mother contacted Thompson's mother about the similarity in the two cases. The murders were linked together thanks to physical evidence uncovered by an astute Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner, who discovered calcium oxalate crystals in Thompson's kidney. Based on this information Cobb County exhumed the body of Glenn Turner and connected the crimes.

When an impartial jury could not be seated in Cobb County, Lynn Turner's trial moved to Perry, Georgia, county seat of Houston County. Extensive coverage by Court TV, who dubbed the case "The Black Widow Murders," brought national attention to the south-central Georgia town on I-75. Lynn Turner was convicted of her husband's murder in 1995 following testimony about Randy Thompson's. At the time Turner had not been convicted of Thompson's murder.

In January, 2007, Forsyth County tried to bring Lynn Turner to trial for the murder of Randy Thompson. Within a week prosecutor Penny Penn determined seating an impartial jury would be impossible because of the heavy coverage of the case in the media, especially the Atlanta newspapers. The case was moved to Dalton (Whitfield County), where Turner was convicted fo the murder of Randy Thompson.





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