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“TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY”
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FILMMAKER AVAILABLE NOW: J.D. Leete, is creator of the film Target Of Opportunity and was a Naval Special Warfare Combat crewman (SWCC), the crew that supports Navy SEAL operations.
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It can be said with some certainty, Dustin Turner is the Navy SEAL left behind, as if he had been abandoned in a clandestine SEAL operation on some far-away beach. In 1995, Turner had successfully completed SEAL training and was about to receive his Trident insignia. He had received orders to Central America. Then, his world was turned upside down.
“Dusty” Turner has spent more than half his life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He was 20-year-old kid at the time. At 43, he’s approaching middle-age behind bars in Virginia. Filmmaker J.D. Leete, himself retired Navy, has dedicated the last decade of his life to tell Turner’s story. The US Navy would prefer the story go away.
It won’t. Leete won’t let it.
Leete tells the story in great detail in his documentary film “Target of Opportunity: US Navy SEALS and the Murder of Jennifer Evans. ” which can be purchased on ITunes or Amazon Prime.
It is an eye-opener, crying for justice.
• Why is Leete so dogged in pursuing Turner’s freedom?
• Why, even after a lower court granted his release, is Turner still in prison?
• Why have three Virginia governors thus far refused to grant a pardon?
• What are the next steps for J.D. Leete?
Leete is happy to answer these and all your questions in the interest of bringing the national spotlight to this injustice. The story of Dusty Turner is both complex and simple.
Leete is happy to answer these and all your questions in the interest of bringing the national spotlight to this injustice.
The story of Dusty Turner is both complex and simple. He should have been freed when the real killer, Turner’s colleague in SEAL training, confessed to the crime. However, a high court over-tuned the lower court’s decision to free him. Turner continues to serve a sentence of 82 years without the possibility of parole under Virginia law at the time of his conviction.
The story’s synopsis goes like this:
Jennifer Evans, 21, met Turner in a Virginia Beach club during a vacation in June 1995. Evans disappeared and police zeroed in on Turner and his frequent drinking buddy, Billy Joe Brown, both of whom had completed Navy SEAL training and were about to be assigned. The men were convicted, but in 2002, Brown confessed to the crime, saying he could no longer allow an innocent man to pay. Turner has appealed and sought pardon from two Virginia governors.
It goes without saying that Turner is not blameless. Though in the car when an intoxicated Brown reached from the back seat and broke Ms. Evans neck, Turner — though shocked—foolishly stuck by a code drummed into him in SEAL training: Don’t abandon your swim buddy.
“Target of Opportunity” is a compelling story about a former junior deacon in church and Eagle scout caught up in a miscarriage of justice. Leete’s film is an attempt to focus attention on the true story of Dusty Turner, a once young man on the verge of proudly displaying a SEAL trident but now spending his life in prison.