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Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 12:57 p.m.

Woman accused of killing boyfriend gets new attorney, court date

By John Counts


Donna Turner

Courtesy of the WCSO

The 46-year-old Ypsilanti woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend after an argument earlier this month had her preliminary examination adjourned in the 14A-1 District Court Tuesday.

"Our investigation revealed we have a conflict of interest with a key witness in this case," said Donna Turner's attorney, Assistant Washtenaw County Public Defender Christopher Renna.

Renna said the public defenders office has represented a male witness in the past and asked to withdraw from the case. Judge Christopher Easthope granted the request and appointed the Julington Litigation Center to represent Turner.

The preliminary examination was rescheduled for Dec. 27.

Turner is accused of stabbing 45-year-old Keith Walton to death as he was trying to leave their apartment in Ypsilanti after an argument Dec. 4. The two had been arguing in the living room of their apartment on South Huron Street when Turner walked into the kitchen, officials said. Walton got his coat and walked past Turner just before she suddenly stabbed him once in the abdomen with a large kitchen knife, severing his femoral artery, police said.

Walton died a short time later after an ambulance took him to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Turner, who briefly appeared in court Tuesday, has been charged with one count of open murder. She continues to be held at the Washtenaw County Jail without bond.

John Counts covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 10:43 p.m.

god will forgive her

Perry White

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 3:21 a.m.

"stabbed him once in the abdomen with a large kitchen knife, severing his femoral artery ..." The femoral artery is in the thigh, not the abdomen.

Sarah MacDonald

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 3 p.m.

I actually talked to a C.O. who works at the jail and I can confirm it was the leg not the abdomen hence the artery they were stating...


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 3:23 a.m.

Thanx Dr. White.


Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

It is SO unfair that we can't make comments on the PICTURES that YOU post....not US but YOU post.....


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

Thanks Tom. Some people forget that this is a local news site and the articles involve real people and their families who read this.


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 3:23 a.m.

Lol, right.

tom swift jr.

Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.

No it's not "Billy". This isn't your playground to make fun of people, no matter what circumstance they are in.