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Indicted: Man Accused of Killing Woman with Car

A Kenton County Grand Jury has indicted a man of running over and killing a woman who walking home from work. 

Lonnie James Turner, 38, was indicted Thursday on charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal wreck, and for being a persistent felony offender.

Last May, he was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck Lauren Pettit, 29, who was on her way home from work and was walking along Erlanger-Crescent Springs Road.

Her body was not found until the next morning when she was discovered by a Duke Energy worker. 

Weeks later, after turning himself in, Turner appeared in Kenton County Court where an investigator detailed that there were multiple calls to 911 about an erratic driver in the immediate area of where Pettit was killed.

His lengthy criminal record includes a theft of identity case, written about at The River City News in October 2012, in which Turner was convicted of stealing his own brother's identity in order to avoid being arrested, only to be told by a Covington Police officer that his brother was already in jail, too.

Turner faces ten to twenty years in prison if convicted on these latest charges.

-Michael Monks, editor

Photo: Lonnie Turner/provided