Murder Trial underway in 2014 killing of Kelly Turner

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The gripping story of accused murder suspect and former Emeryville Bohemian Blacksmith Studio operator Joseph Frederic Karr is underway this week in an Austin, Texas courtroom. Revelations from the tragic case include the testimony that girlfriend Kelly Turner was allegedly stabbed 37 times by Karr. A second-hand report noted the first responders to the scene were “choking up on the stand” during yesterday’s testimony.

Karr entered a plea of not guilty and is expected to take the stand today to explain how his blood was found on the hallway, driveway and the murder weapon. If convicted, the 55-year-old Karr could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Karr entering an Austin courtroom on Tues. following a break in his trial (Photo: Rodolfo Gonzalez).

Trial underway for man charged with girlfriend’s murder in 2014

By Jazmine Ulloa

After a night out on Halloween, Jancy Darling and her boyfriend had turned in and so had their house guests, her best friend, Kelly Turner, and Turner’s new boyfriend. But Darling was soon rousted by Turner’s screams from downstairs.

“It’s terror. It’s horror. It’s pain,” Darling said of the screams on Tuesday as she testified in court. “When you hear it, your instincts kick in and you know something very bad is going down.”

On the second day of the murder trial of Turner’s boyfriend, Joseph Frederic Karr, Darling described the last night she saw Turner alive before prosecutors say Karr fatally stabbed the 43-year-old flight attendant at Darling’s home in the early hours of Nov. 1, 2014.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. Joe Karr is guilty and was found guilty in a court of law. Overwhelming physical and DNA evidence was presented showing this was a crime of murderous rage. He took the stand in his own defense and shared ridiculous lies, obvious to everyone. He deserves whatever punishment he gets, hopefully the death penalty. He is also being investigated for the Denver murder of someone he shared an art space with. He is an evil man.

  2. Thank God! She was a beautiful flower that he took away from so many. My heart hurts all over again for my friend.

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