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The high profile murder trial of dentist Kirk Turner, who is accused of murdering his estranged wife Jennifer Turner during an extremely acrimonious divorce, is a neighboring courtroom drama for me in Mocksville, North Carolina, and a subject of intense interest locally. The key legal issue is whether Kirk Turner was defending himself after Jennifer Turner attacked him with a 7-foot spear.
Today paralegal Liz McMullen testified for the defense that she was the victim of a prior attack by Jennifer Turner in 2006, when she went to the Turner residence as part of an appraisal in the domestic matter. She testified that Jennifer Turner became upset over a date in one of the domestic pleadings, and pushed her so hard that she couldn’t even brace herself while falling.
“She physically put her hands up and grabbed my shoulders, and pushed me, with some force. She was a strong woman,” McMullen said.
McMullen, who was pregnant at the time, wasn’t hurt, and she agreed under cross-examination that people are not their best in such situations.
I can vouch firsthand, from working in a general practice that handled separations and divorces for a number of years early in my career, that a domestic law paralegal can be involved in some very emotionally charged meetings, not only with the firm’s own clients, but with opposing parties and witnesses. But Liz McMullen definitely has had some extraordinary professional experiences in the Turner domestic case, first being physically attacked by an upset spouse, and now having testified in a murder trial involving the couple. Domestic law is clearly not for the faint of heart.