The Murder of Carrie and Steven Turner

North Carolina Couple Killed at Myrtle Beach

Alexander Turner & Chelsi Griffin
Alexander Turner & Chelsi Griffin. Mug Shots

On Friday, March 6, 2015, Carrie Daley Turner, 52, and Steven Gray Turner, 61, were found dead at the Landmark Resort on South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The North Carolina couple, who recently moved from Durham to Roxboro after their home burned while they were on a cruise, were shot to death a coroner ruled.

Here are the latest developments in the Carrie and Steven Turner case:

Son Pleads Guilty to Parents' Murders

Oct. 12, 2015 - A man charged with the March murders of his parents at a beach resort in South Carolina has entered a guilty plea in the case. Alexander Gray Turner was sentenced to 47 years in prison for the murders of Carried Daley Turner, 52, and Steven Gray Turner, 61.

Police said Turner, 23, shot his Durham, North Carolina parents while they were visiting the Landmark Resort near Myrtle Beach. When arrested Turner had several firearms in his possession and used his parents credit card after they were dead.

Court records show that the Turners went to the Conway area to get their son to go back with them to North Carolina where he faced probation violation. When they discovered that he had been arrested again in South Carolina, they became angry and cut him off financially.

Early the next morning, Turner returned to the resort, killed his parents and took their car and credit cards.

Turner was sentenced to two 47-year sentences for each of the murders, but the sentences will run concurrently.

Turner's 19-year-old girlfriend, Chelsi Leila Griffin of Conway, South Carolina was arrested with Turner and also faces murder charges. No date has been set for her trial.

Also arrested in connection with the case were Grant Anthony Dollens of Columbia, South Carolina and his girlfriend, Roxanna Lisa Cumpan of Potstown, Pennsylvania.

They are charged with accessory after the fact.

The two were accused of helping Turner and Griffin avoid capture.

Four Arrested in Couple's Death

Mar. 9, 2015 - Four people, including the victims' son have been charged in connection with the murders of a North Carolina couple found shot to death in a Myrtle Beach hotel. Alexander Gray Turner, 23, and Chelsi Lelia Griffin, 19, have both been charged with two counts of murder.

Turner was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and is being held on $50,000 bond on that charge.

Grant Dollens, 20, of Columbia, and Roxana Lisa Cumpan, 18, of Pottstown, PA, were both charged for accessory to murder and placed under $25,000 bond. Cumpan received an additional $5,000 bond for possessing a controlled substance.

Authorities said Dollens and Cumpan, currently students at Coastal Carolina University, helped Turner and Griffin hide from police and helped them resist arrest when police served a search warrant at their apartment on Monday.

Police Called to Hotel

On Friday, March 6, police were called to the Landmark Resort Hotel around 2:30 p.m. after hotel staff reported suspicious activity. Turner and Griffin had tried to extend the stay in the hotel room of the North Carolina couple, but were turned down.

At the time, officers found nothing amiss, but when they were called back to the hotel around 5:30 p.m. Friday, they found the bodies of Carrie and Steven Turner in their room.

An investigation by Myrtle Beach Police found that after the hotel refused the extend the stay of the room, Turner and Griffin left in the victims' vehicle. Police also discovered that Turner and Griffin used the victims' credit cards after the bodies were discovered Friday.

On Saturday, the investigation led police to the Monarch apartments near the Coastal Carolina University complex. The Conway Police, Horry County SWAT team and the Myrtle Beach Police executed a search warrant at the apartment of Dollens and Cumpan.

Turner and Griffin were arrested at the Monarch apartments. It was not the first time the two had been arrested.

Two days before the shootings, the two were arrested by the Surfside Beach police.

Earlier Arrest

According to reports from the Surfside police, Turner and Griffin were sitting in a vehicle next to a gas station and appeared to be lost. When an officer approached the Toyota Corolla he smelled a "very strong odor of marijuana" and asked Turner, the passenger, to get out of the car.

When Turner got out of the vehicle, the officer spotted a AR-15 rifle on the rear floor of the car and a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun in plain view near the radio. He also found drug paraphernalia in the car and marijuana on Griffin, the driver. Griffin's Virginia driver's license was suspended.

The couple was booked into Surfside Beach jail Wednesday morning, but released on bail later that day. Police said the couple were in possession of at least five firearms, but only two were confiscated Wednesday.

Moving to the Beach

Carrie and Steven Turner were owners of the Mayo Marina Mart in Roxboro, North Carolina, until they decided to sell their business last summer. According to a former employee, the couple planned to sell everything they had and "move to the beach."

Then on September 4, 2014, their two-story Durham home was destroyed in a fire while the Turners were on a cruise. The Durham Fire Department is still investigating the fire.

After their Durham home burned, the couple was living at a vacation home on Mayo Lake near Roxboro, Dickie Smith, a former employee, told reporters.

"They were fine people, fine people," said Smith.