The confrontation began in the early morning of October 11 in Martindale, a small town about 35 miles south of Austin.
Terry Duane Turner, 65, told police he woke up to use the toilet and “discovered an unknown vehicle with its headlights off, to be parked inside the driveway next to its pickup truck, “according to an arrest affidavit obtained by CNN.
Turner said he returned to his bedroom to pick up his handgun and ran outside to find the vehicle’s headlights on, according to the affidavit. Turner told police the car quickly backed out of its driveway, chased after it and “hit the front driver’s side door glass twice with his handgun” and fired the gun. , hitting the driver, according to the affidavit.
The victim was identified as Adil Dghoughi, 31, police said.
Dghoughi’s girlfriend Sarah Todd told CNN the couple were visiting their cousin in San Antonio before the shooting and Dghoughi left to return home to Maxwell. Todd believes Dghoughi got lost in Martindale and stopped to look for directions when he was killed.
According to court documents, Turner told a 911 operator after the shooting that “I just killed a guy”, adding that Dghoughi “started running and I ran after him. He pointed a gun at me and I pulled”.
Investigators did not find a weapon in Dghoughi’s possession, according to the affidavit.
‘This is just the beginning’
Dghoughi’s family have expressed frustration that it took nearly two weeks for Turner to be arrested and feared he might escape charges by relying on a Texas law commonly known as ‘stand tall’, which says that a person can use force as a means of self-defense if they “reasonably believe that force is immediately necessary” to protect them from the use or attempted use of force by another person .
Turner’s attorney, Larry Bloomquist, told CNN his client was cooperating with the police and that he was “defending himself and his property” when he killed Dghoughi.
When asked how Dghoughi, who was sitting in a car, could pose a threat to Turner, Bloomquist said: “I will not discuss the specific facts of the case at this time.”
Mehdi Cherkaoui, an attorney representing the Dghoughi family, told CNN he could think of “1001 things” Turner could have done differently to avoid the fatal shooting.
Cherkaoui said the circumstances of the case make it seem “fairly clear” that a claim of self-defense does not apply in this case.
“I pray that when a grand jury hears this case, they will agree,” he said.
Dghoughi was a Moroccan national who earned a master’s degree in financial analysis from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Austin, which has championed Dghoughi’s cause since his death.
The group held a vigil outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Saturday, hoping to “offer some comfort to family and friends” and bring attention to its story. .
Dghoughi’s family and friends said they welcomed the news of Turner’s arrest, but were frustrated by how long it took for charges to be laid.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office defended his work in a statement Friday, saying: “Detectives have been working tirelessly on this case since the incident on October 11, 2021. Detectives have conducted several interviews and executed several warrants. search during this investigation. “
Othmane Dghoughi, Adil Dghoughi’s brother, told CNN he was “happy” with the arrest but not “100%” relieved. “We have yet to see the evidence that will be presented to the Grand Jury,” he said.
Todd, Dghoughi’s girlfriend, echoed Othmane Dghoughi’s sentiment, saying he was “happy” that Turner was finally arrested, but knows “this is just the beginning”.
“We’re going to keep fighting until justice is done for Adil,” Todd said.