A fight broke out and at some point Clark got involved in the altercation, hitting Turner on the back, shoulders and neck with a boot, he told police.
"[Clark] was hitting me with a shoe," Turner said, according to the transcript. Somehow the shoestring "got around her throat because that's what made her finally settle down. She wouldn't stop hitting me with it so, somehow, I got it and wrapped it around her. It all happened so fast," he told Eggleton.
In a panic, Turner said he grabbed his clothes, threw Clark over his shoulder, got in his truck and sped out of town. Turner admits he was high the night Clark was killed.
Turner drove for almost an hour until pulling over on a narrow shoulder of U.S. 119 near Walton. Eggleton said in a previous interview with the Gazette that Taylor dragged Clark from his vehicle and left her on the side of the road.
On Monday, Charleston police Lt. Steve Cooper said after the hearing he felt relieved Turner had pleaded guilty to the crime.
"The nature of the crime was so violent. We worked for so many years trying to get justice for the victim and family," Cooper said.
Several of Clark's cousins attended the hearing, according to Whitmyer, who said they were satisfied with the plea arrangement.
"She was a real person and a very valued and loved member of her family. [Her family] knew she had problems, but that didn't diminish the love they had for her. They really emphasized that to us," the prosecutor said.
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