L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Home-robbery suspect tied to four killings in Hawthorne, South L.A.

Leamond and Robyn Turnage

A Los Angeles man is suspected in the killings of four people during three separate home robberies in the last few months.

John Wesley Ewell, 53, already facing capital murder charges in connection with the killing of a couple in Hawthorne during a robbery, has been charged with two more separate murders. 

He had been charged with two counts each of murder and residential robbery along with the special circumstance allegation of murder during an Oct. 22 robbery in connection with the beating and strangulation deaths of Leamon Turnage, 69, and his wife, Robyn, 57.

On Wednesday, L.A. prosecutors charged Ewell with two more killings, one in Hawthorne and another near his home in Los Angeles. Both of the crimes were allegedly committed during similar home break-in robberies, said Jane Robison, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman.

Ewell is charged with the Sept. 24 slaying of Hanna Morcos in Hawthorne and Oct. 13 killing of Denise Roberts in Los Angeles. Roberts, 53, was found bound and gagged with bruising to the neck in 12000 block of South Hoover Street.

Morcos was found about 8:30 p.m. face down in his apartment in the 4100 block of West 137th Street. His wife was in the house at the time of the attack but was not injured.

Prosecutors say they will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Ewell. Since Ewell’s arrest Oct. 25 in connection with the Turnages' slayings he has been the focus of a widespread homicide probe. The Turnages were found dead about 3:45 p.m. in their ransacked home in the 4100 block of West 142nd Street.

The victims, who were bound and gagged, had returned to the Southland from a trip to Florida to visit their son and daughter-in-law for the birth of their first grandchild, according to sheriff's Lt. Dave Coleman.

Leamon Turnage was murdered in his garage, then the killer went inside the house and murdered the victim's wife, according to detectives, who described the suspect as an ex-con who lived in the area. Detectives were able to nab the suspect after determining that he had used Turnage's ATM card at a nearby Shell station, according to the Sheriff's Department.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Leamond and Robyn Turnage. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via KTLA News)

Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report

 
Comments () | Archives (23)

Hey, Geniuses, if you post photos you might want to write a caption.

California should adopt the Stand Your Ground Law from other states (Florida...).
“stand your ground law,” which states that “a person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

One night, I saw two guys breaking in my cars parked in drive way. There were other two guys sitting in the car waiting on the street. I had a gun in my hand, but I didn't shoot them. I knocked the widow and turned the light to alert them that I saw them. They flashed a flash lights at me, and ignored me, and then continued to search my cars for things. I called police. He showed up 46 minutes later, after they fleed away.
What should I do???

I read article published Nov 3, 2010 stating a home invasion robbery where 1 of 2 suspects were arrested, now I read this article that posts 2 photos from another robbery.

I'm assuming they are the suspects? or the victims? Doesn't say and can't be too sure. Upon reading the article again, and again, it does not mention a connection to a 2nd suspect. So the photos are of the victims.

Assuming these 2 articles are related. Lot of assuming for 2 articles. I'm thankful your not supporting computer users, or are you?

Who's pictures are these? Ever heard of captions?

No captions were given for the above photos because the writer wants to confuse readers & imply the killer(s) were white. The headline is about a murderer, not a victim, but only unidentified pic's of victims are shown, leading readers to conclude one or both were perpetrators.

The reality of black men committing disproportionate violent & sexual crime, especially across racial lines, is something the PC media works overtime to hide. See the suspect below:

http://www.insidesocal.com/crime&courts/2010/10/photo-hawthorne-murder-suspect.html

"Photo: Leamond and Robyn Turnage. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via KTLA News)"

The photo caption is at the end of the article right after the writer's name.

Why the hell would they have any problem deciding whether or not to pursue the death penalty. This guy doesn't deserve to live another day. I don't want to pay for him for life.

Read a little, people. The caption is at the end of the article, and it could be inferred that the two people pictured are the husband and wife that were murdered by this creep. At least that's how I read it.

This wasn't just a burglary that went way out of control. This was a series of murders with burglary as the sideline. They guy is a serial killer and yes, if you are going to have a death penalty at all, you seek the death penalty for serial killers.

Scum!! Just scum!! These kind of people should just frickin rot in hell!!!

Must seek death penalty if convicted!

My guess is that the pictures are Mr. Turnage and his wife. They both had a warm smile. Mr. Turnage looks like he knew some funny jokes and liked to tell them. Mrs. Turnage was most likely a good cook and doted on her husband.

So these everyday people people arrive home from a wonderful visit with their children and grandchild, to be murdered over some stuff. A stinking, lowlife bottom feeder takes them away from their family for what he can carry away.

Well then, have a one week trial. Exhaust all of his appeals the week after and then shoot him. Is that too much to ask.

This article is laid out as if the people in the 2 pictures below the headline are the suspects not the victims. Is the male in the picture John Wesley Ewell?

I think they are Leamon Turnage, 69, and his wife, Robyn, 57.
they're the victims.

What should I do??? Posted by: Guest | November 03, 2010 at 01:13 PM

First of all, in Calif you can defend yourself from serious injury by whatever means necessary...

Secondly, you should have went out and placed the bad guys under private persons arrest...and you have the right to hold them until the police get there...if they decide to fight and you believe you will suffer serious injury, you can defend yourself by any means necessary...

You should have walked out there with video camera taping with your gun concealed nearby and placed them under arrest. If they flee, you have good evidence for the police. If they fight, any type of weapon or 4 against 1 would probably justify using any means necessary to save your life...

You really should not gun down some clown who is just stealing your car stereo...

@RU Joking who said "No captions were given for the above photos because the writer wants to confuse readers & imply the killer(s) were white. The headline is about a murderer, not a victim, but only unidentified pic's of victims are shown, leading readers to conclude one or both were perpetrators.

The reality of black men committing disproportionate violent & sexual crime, especially across racial lines, is something the PC media works overtime to hide."

Your partially right and partially wrong. I agree this PC crap instead of giving suspect/perpetrator descriptions has been going on too long in the media. You are wrong, however, about crimes across color lines. While black men do commit disproportionate violent crime given their percentage of the population, it's not across the color lines. Each race (white, black, hispanic, etc.) has more violent crimes (not racially driven) committed against members of their own race. If black on black violent crime is above 80%, how can blacks be committing the highest percentage across color lines? As far as hate crimes, whites commit 67% of those. And, blacks commit the least amount of sexual crimes. Look up a sex offender directory in California and most of them are latino and white. You should look up the FBI statistics on crime by race. It will break out the percentages for you. Instead of trying to skew your comment to cement general opinions, why don't present more fact. Different things are going on across different races. It also depends on what part of the country you live in as race populations vary.

RU Joking nailed it. Need not say more.

No che,read the botton of the article.


I believe that prison is just a sort of summer camp used to pal around with your "homeies".

What ever happened to "hard labor"? I doubt that a lot of these perps would want to go to prison if they had to actually WORK while in there. Isn't work the one thing that some of these people avoid at all cost?

I say no more TV. No more pumping iron with the other pond life.

Give them a pile of rocks and a sledge and give them a 14 hour day.

If they don't work ether hang them in front of the others or put them in solitary,depending on the crime.

What is the difference between this "stand your ground" (Fla) and the "Castle doctrine" (Ohio) law I read about? How can the citizens initiate such a law? (process to get it to whoever it needs to go to)

Kev,

Thanks for the lucid reply.

'If black on black violent crime is above 80%, how can blacks be committing the highest percentage across color lines?'

Of all inter-racial crimes, blacks commit the highest %, though crime between persons of the same race (all races) is much higher.

' As far as hate crimes, whites commit 67% of those.'

Who's counting? The FBI, local cops & media bend over backwards not to call non-white assaults on whites hate-crimes. A clear double standard. Also, the FBI counts Hispanics as white when they commit crimes, but Hispanic when they are victims. Sad but true, check their site. More PC propaganda to keep the sheeple sleeping.

'And, blacks commit the least amount of sexual crimes.'

My friend, black men are over 10x as likely to commit violent crime as whites, over 20X as likely to commit sex offenses & over 100 times as likely to gang rape. Google it. Regarding inter-racial rape, especially in gangs, there are essentially no cases reported to the FBI of white gangs raping black women.

'Look up a sex offender directory in California and most of them are latino and white.'

Please, divide the offenders by their population to get the %. At 5-6% of CA, AA's are over-represented.

I looked at the FBI stats and RU Joking is much more accurate...Kev apparently just made up his stats...

The true stats don't lie...

and as far as the photos without captions... incredible...The LATimes is becoming more and more a rag newspaper by the day...

"One night, I saw two guys breaking in my cars parked in drive way. There were other two guys sitting in the car waiting on the street. I had a gun in my hand, but I didn't shoot them. I knocked the widow and turned the light to alert them that I saw them. They flashed a flash lights at me, and ignored me, and then continued to search my cars for things. I called police. He showed up 46 minutes later, after they fleed away.
What should I do??? "

Kill them and let the police know how they were about to shoot you so you had no choice to shoot first.


Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: