James Turner

James Turner is a former courts and crime reporter for various Manitoba media outlets, including CBC Manitoba. He now teaches journalism at Red River College.

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Ex-boyfriend of Kaila Tran, murdered in 2012, asks for lawsuit to be tossed out

A man charged, but never convicted, of masterminding his Winnipeg girlfriend's grisly murder is asking the courts to toss out a lawsuit he's facing for her wrongful death.

Accused in murder trial hid drugs before calling 911, says witness

The brother of a Winnipeg man on trial for the murder of his occasional lover says he dissuaded the accused from immediately calling 911 in order to first get rid of drugs in the apartment where the woman was fatally shot.

Manitoba man facing up to 20 years, $1-M fine for smuggling ecstasy across border

A Manitoba man snared in a cross-border drug sting and extradited to the U.S. to face trial has pleaded guilty and now faces a potential 20-year prison sentence.

Young woman faces sentencing for crash that killed friend

A Manitoba woman behind the wheel of a “serious and violent” crash that killed a friend has been convicted of impaired and dangerous driving causing his death.

Thelma Krull's husband seeks court order declaring her dead

The husband of a Winnipeg woman who mysteriously vanished while out walking two years ago says he has no reason to believe she’s alive and is asking the courts to declare her presumed dead.

Woman who stabbed elderly neighbour 68 times appeals sentence

A Winnipeg woman who stabbed and killed her elderly neighbour in a random attack is appealing her 12-year prison sentence, arguing the law wasn’t applied properly to her case and the overall punishment she got was unfit.

Brothers sentenced to 15 years for arson that left teen with burns to 95% of his body

A Manitoba judge has handed down 15-year sentences to two men who set a Dauphin home on fire and left a young man with life-altering third-degree burns to 95 per cent of his body.

Woman convicted of sexual assault in HIV-disclosure case appeals to Supreme Court

A Manitoba woman convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sent to jail for not disclosing she had HIV to a sex partner is hoping to bring an appeal of her controversial case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

'I still hear my own scream': Burn victim awaits sentencing of arsonists

A Manitoba man left scarred for life after suffering near-fatal burns in a Dauphin arson attack says a two-decade-long prison sentence prosecutors are fighting for in his case isn’t long enough.

Families unsure whether to take part in missing Indigenous women inquiry

Some families of missing and murdered Indigenous women remain uncertain if they should take part in a national inquiry aimed at examining the violence in their communities, according to a group representing them.

Adult sentence denied in Winnipeg murder of Nigel Dixon

A young Winnipeg man who fatally shot a total stranger in the back for no reason in April 2013 will serve four more years behind bars, a judge has ruled.

Ex-Crown attorney had signed cash bond for woman facing drug charge

A federal Crown attorney in Manitoba had signed a cash bond to help secure bail for a woman being prosecuted for a federal drug offence, CBC News has learned. Richard Smith was fired in June, but officials would not confirm a link between the two events.

Longtime Manitoba chief medical examiner retires from top role

He may no longer be Manitoba’s Chief Medical Examiner – but don’t call him retired. Dr. Thambirajah Balachandra confirmed Tuesday he retired his CME post, but the 71-year-old says he still plans to do medical examinations for as long as he can.

RCMP gun used to shoot Calli Vanderaa was safely stored, Mountie tells supervisor

A Manitoba Mountie at the centre of a stolen-gun case that saw a Winnipeg teen shot and seriously injured told an RCMP supervisor he’d locked his gun securely in a police car – only to see the keys to the vehicle stolen from his house while he and his family were asleep inside.

Winnipeg parolee snagged in BC drug raid

A man convicted in connection to what was once the largest cocaine seizure in Winnipeg history is back behind bars in Vancouver accused of being part of a drug-trafficking ring.