CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE -- A Cape May County grand jury indicted Somers Point resident Bernard E. Green this week on charges of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting of Christopher Turner.
Turner, 44, of Alexander Avenue, Lower Township, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at a home on Ellery Road in the Villas section of Lower Township shortly after midnight Nov. 20, 2012.
At the time of the shooting, Green, now 32, fled the scene, but later turned himself in to the Cape May County Jail. He remains lodged in the jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.
The Cape May County Prosecutor's Office and Green’s attorney at the time, Jesse Deane, said at his first court appearance that they were discussing the possibility of resolving the case before taking it to a grand jury, but instead the case was heard by a grand jury this week.
Police said that Turner was visiting the home and that he and Green became involved in a physical altercation that led to Turner being shot four times.
Green is charged with both first-degree murder and first-degree felony murder for allegedly shooting Turner during the commission of a burglary at the Ellery Road home.
In addition, Green is charged with the second-degree offenses of burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and being a certain person not to possess a weapon.
Investigators said a 40-caliber handgun was used in the shooting and Green, who has a prior conviction for robbery, is not permitted to own a gun.
Assistant Prosecutor Megan Hoerner said Wednesday that the gun used in the shooting has not been found.
He is also charged with having a prohibited device, a hollow point bullet, and hindering his apprehension.
A second man, Kyle Timmons, 22, also of Lower Township, is charged with hindering as well.
According to Turner’s obituary, he served in the U.S. Navy and also worked as a commercial fisherman. He was survived by his wife, children and stepchildren.