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Town hall meeting held to discuss death of Raynette Turner in Mount Vernon jail cell

Posted at 10:33 PM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-18 22:33:09-04

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — Herman Turner sat quietly in the front row of a town hall meeting in Mount Vernon Tuesday night for as long as he could.

It’s been more than three weeks since his wife Raynette died under questionable circumstances inside a city jail cell following an arrest, for allegedly stealing crab legs.

“Only thing I know is - my wife is dead. The children don’t have their mother. And I’m angry,” said Turner.

The New York State Attorney General’s office is now investigating the case, in the role of special prosecutor.

It’s the first time since Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing Eric Schneiderman’s office to replace the local DA in cases in which an law enforcement officer are involved in the deaths of unarmed civilians.

Turner’s attorney tells PIX11 the family has yet to get any answers from the city regarding the circumstances of his wife’s death. The family is still awaiting an autopsy report.

PIX11 News reached out to Schneiderman’s office for a reaction this town hall meeting and were told "no comment" because of the ongoing investigation.

“I fear, and what I don’t want is for my wife’s death is turn into a political circus. And it seems this is what’s beginning to happen... I would love to see, for these people to answer these questions. I would like to see the cameras that were filming, the police station, if they’re supposed to check on their prisoners every fifteen minutes - I wanna see that!” said Turner.