Jack E. Turner

Jack E. Turner

Jack Elijah Turner is expected to return to Crawford County by month's end after waiving extradition from West Virginia on Wednesday, according to the Crawford County District Attorney's Office.

Turner, 21, of Cochranton was arrested Aug. 14 in Charleston, W.Va., on a Pennsylvania State Police warrant from Crawford County for an alleged car theft at Randolph Township home on Aug. 10. He had an extradition hearing Wednesday before Judge Charles King in Kanawha County Circuit Court in Charleston.

"I have been informed that Turner waived extradition," Francis Schultz, Crawford County's district attorney, told the Tribune on Wednesday. "We have 10 days to bring him back. Arrangements have not been made yet."

The district attorney's office and state police want to question Turner about the deaths of Shannon Whitman, 49, and Darrin Whitman, 10. The two were found deceased at that same Randolph Township home the night of Aug. 10 by a relative. Shannon Whitman was Turner’s step-mother and Darrin was Turner’s half-brother, according to authorities.

Turner also is facing charges in Erie County filed by Millcreek Township Police Department for the alleged robbery of a gas station in suburban Erie on Aug. 11.

Turner remained lodged in the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston Wednesday night without bond, according online records of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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