Bernard Green, left, 30, appears Tuesday in Cape May County Superior Court on charges including first-degree murder in the Nov. 20 death of fellow Villas resident Christopher Turner. His attorney is Jessie Deane, right.

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The man suspected of shooting Lower Township resident Christopher Turner made a brief court appearance Tuesday, one day after turning himself in to authorities.

Turner, 44, died Nov. 20 at a single-family home at 15 Ellery Road in the Villas section of Lower Township.

Bernard E. Green, 30, stood quietly beside his attorney, Jesse Deane, as Deane told Superior Court Judge Patricia Wild that he and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office were discussing the possibility of resolving the case before taking it to a grand jury.

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Police have said that Turner, of the Villas, was visiting the home and that he and Green became involved in a physical altercation that led to Turner being shot multiple times.

First Assistant Prosecutor Rob Johnson said Tuesday that Green, in addition to being charged with first-degree murder, was also charged with burglary for entering the Ellery Road residence and weapons offenses.

Johnson said the gun used to shoot Turner had not yet been recovered.

Green fled the home after the shooting and then surrendered himself to authorities at the Cape May County jail in Middle Township.

A second man, Kyle L. Timmons, 21, of East Pacific Avenue, was also arrested in connection with the case and is charged with hindering.

Deane asked that law enforcement be informed that Green did not wish to speak to investigators and requested that none attempt to contact Green at the jail.

Deane added that he and Johnson would “try and resolve this pre-indictment.”

According to his obituary, Turner served in the U.S. Navy and also worked as a commercial fisherman. He is survived by his wife, children and stepchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Gospel Church, Whitesboro.

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