OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) The man who accepted a plea deal in the case of the shooting of an Owensboro Police officer, and the officer himself, react to the latest developments.
David Turley pleaded guilty to assault under extreme emotional duress on Monday for shooting Zach Morris, who was an Owensboro Police officer.
“It’s been a living nightmare to be honest with you,” says Turley.
“It’s unfortunate that it happened, but I’m thankful that I’m here and that Mr. Turley is here also,” adds Zach Morris, who is now a deputy with the Daviess Co. Sheriff’s Office.
For Turley, the end of the case against him with the plea to a lesser charge, ends what he called an eight month ordeal.
“I had some sense of relief. It just, like, glanced over, now let’s see if we can put this behind, and really not have hard feelings with the police department because it was a bad, unfortunate incident,” says Turley.
He pleaded to the lesser charge a day before his trial was scheduled to start. Turley was indicted by a grand jury for his role in the shooting last October. Morris was searching for a suspicious person in an alley near Turley’s home at the time. Turley was given a diverted sentence of two years, meaning he won’t serve jail time. He also says he wishes he didn’t step outside that morning.
“I thought, ‘Oh my god, I wish I didn’t even walk out the door that morning to see what was going. If I could’ve done it a million times over, I wouldn’t have even looked out the window,'” he said.
“I have no harsh feelings toward Mr. Turley at all,” adds Morris. He also called the plea agreement the best resolution possible, and has no harsh feelings against Turley.
“With the circumstances of the case, you don’t see this case very often. You don’t see something like this. It was just kind of an odd case, not really heard of. I am happy with the way the commonwealth, they worked hard. The commonwealth worked really hard,” says Morris.
Turley adds he doesn’t have any grievances with the Owensboro Police Department.
(This story was originally published on July 9, 2019)