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Man indicted in stabbing of sister’s boyfriend

Police say suspect fled, is charged with murder

JONESBORO — A Clayton County grand jury indicted a Pennsylvania man Wednesday for allegedly stabbing a Jonesboro man to death.

Dustin J. Cotton is accused of killing Tyrris Turner with a 10-inch kitchen knife during an argument.

Witnesses told Clayton County Police that Turner argued and fought with his girlfriend at the time, Linda Channel Moon, when Cotton jumped into the fight. Turner’s 6-year-old daughter watched as her father was fatally stabbed, according to the police report.

Turner, 31, was stabbed twice in his torso, and died within hours.

Cotton, 25, of Norristown, Pa., was indicted on charges of murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, and aggravated assault. He is in custody outside the county, though the Clayton Sheriff’s office declined to say where.

The incident took place at 330 Arrowhead Blvd., Apt. 31-B in Jonesboro, at 10:46 p.m., on July 30, 2011.

Clayton Police found Turner on the ground in front of the apartment. They also found Cotton’s Pennsylvania identification card on the couch of the apartment.

“He was transported to Grady Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later,” according to the police report. Cotton is Moon’s brother.

A witness told police she saw Cotton stab Turner and she saw him holding “the bloody knife after the incident,” continued the police report. Police found a cutlery set in the apartment which was missing a knife.

Police said they found the murder weapon in the apartment’s front yard.

Clayton Police Detective J. Gant said when they questioned Moon, she gave them a fake name and a false date of birth. She also said that the murder weapon was a missing knife from her kitchen cutlery set. Moon denied Cotton was her brother and that he was at the apartment during the time of the alleged murder.

“As the investigation and interviewing continued, Moon finally admitted that Cotton was her brother and admitted that Cotton and Turner had been fighting inside the apartment,” said Gant.

Moon told police Cotton fled the scene after the fight, and Turner had stab wounds as a result of the fight. However, she continued to deny she and Turner had been fighting and denied seeing the actual stabbing.

A neighbor told police she saw Cotton with facial injuries.

“Dustin informed her that he had just been in a fight with Turner,” according to the report.

The neighbor went over to Turner’s apartment and saw police and emergency workers there.

Police said Cotton fled the scene the night of the incident and was later charged with murder.