Heaton added that a DNA match "is great, but the [police] need to have other evidence to put a case together."
Heaton said that, aside from notifying law enforcement there is a possible match, the lab can't release any information until secondary tests on the DNA are complete.
In June 2011, she retested the DNA sample and submitted her results to show that the DNA samples matched. It wasn't until then that Heaton was given a name and profile information for the matching suspect.
"All we know is that this profile matched a number in the system," Heaton said. "It's not like "CSI," where we get a photo and all of their information."
'He said, 'Oh, my goodness'
When Eggleton took over cold case investigations at the department in early 2012, he started looking into Turner's background and found that he was arrested on methamphetamine and gun charges in 2007.
In July, Eggleton traveled to Memphis with the idea that Turner, 45, was going to tell him little, but the conversation was eye opening for the detective.
While jail officials were notified that Eggleton would be making a visit, they are not required to tell inmates when a law enforcement officer will be visiting them.
"I introduced myself as someone from West Virginia," Eggleton recalled, "and he said, 'Oh my goodness.'"
The two men talked about West Virginia for a while, specifically about the "derecho" storm that hit the region at the end of June.
"After about an hour, I said 'Dan, you know I didn't come here to talk about the weather,'" Eggleton said.
Turner calmly responded, "Why don't you put your cards on the table. You might be surprised about what you hear," Eggleton recalled.
"When I first went in, he was quiet and on a fact-finding mission. After we started a rapport, he kind of trusted me a little bit."
At this point, Eggleton turned on a tape recorder with Turner's consent.
Turner told Eggleton that he was doing and selling drugs in 1999 when he "got set up" by a woman named Susan.
Before Eggleton let Turner continue, he fished a photo of Clark out of his folder and showed it to him to make sure they were talking about the same person. Turner nodded.
"She had given him some kind of story, but they knew each other just on a drug connection," Eggleton said. "He thought she had kids and didn't know her real name."
On the night Clark was killed, Turner went to her East End apartment to make a drug deal. Clark, who sometimes worked as a prostitute, was in bed with Turner when a male and female rushed into the room, according to a transcript of the recorded conversation between Eggleton and Turner.
Turner told Eggleton he knew he had been set up. "I heard the . . . door, and I said, 'Who's in the house,' and she said, 'Nobody,' and at the same time, I seen the doorknob turn."
When the couple entered the room, a fight immediately broke out.
"There wasn't no, 'What are you doing,' nothing like that, because there wasn't no reason for them to be there. That was way too early. They was supposed to be there in an hour or so," Turner said, according to the transcript.
"I guess they decided to rob me and I didn't realize it and I know [the robber] didn't realize that I had a [gun] with me because once I pulled that out and shoved it in his face he backed up," Turner said.
At some point, Clark got involved in the altercation, hitting Turner on the back, shoulders and neck with a boot.
"That girl was hitting me with a shoe," he said. 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," Turner said, according to the transcript.
"I am almost sure it was my shoe that she was hitting me with and I might have hit her a couple of times . . . it wasn't a violent thing. No, I mean, yes, it was a violent thing, but these people was trying to rob me and it's not like I was protecting my dope. I really wanted out of there with my skin," Turner said.
Clark fell to the floor.
In a panic over being robbed and beaten, Turner grabbed his clothes, threw Clark over his shoulder, got in his truck and sped out of town.
"I really didn't think she was dead. I didn't realize she was dead [until] I got out of town and my heart slowed down and that's when. . . .
"I didn't go nowhere to kill nobody and it's haunted me ever since," Turner said, according to the transcript. "I didn't do that on purpose."
Turner admits he was high the night Clark was killed, but that her death was an accident.
After realizing what happened, Turner just kept driving -- almost an hour -- until he pulled over on a small shoulder of U.S. 119 just outside Walton. Eggleton said he dragged Clark from his vehicle and left her on the side of the road.
"I really didn't know what to do so I set her on the side of the road and prayed for her ever since," Turner said.
Turner -- who was living with his father at the time of Clark's death -- stayed out of Charleston and was never named as a suspect.
Years later, Turner was arrested on drug charges. A West Virginia State Police officer was supposed to show up during his briefing before he was incarcerated at the federal facility in Tennessee, but the trooper didn't show.
Turner said he was going to confess that day. He has been incarcerated since 2007 and is up for release in 2015 on his drug conviction.
Before he told Eggleton the story of Clark's death, Turner said he had told only one other person -- his cellmate in Tennessee, who is actually Turner's rabbi.
Eggleton traveled to Memphis a second time with Charleston Police DNA technician Mark Kinder so they had comparable DNA swabs to match to the CODIS hit.
"I want the punishment to fit the crime, now that you know what the crime is," Turner said, according to the transcript. "I am ready to do this."
At the end of the interview, Turner made one request to Eggleton.
"You tell her mom I said 'I'm sorry,'" Turner said.
On Friday, a Kanawha County grand jury issued an indictment formally charging Turner with murder. Turner will be extradited to West Virginia for trial.
The indictment brings the police department one step closer to closing the 13-year-old case.
"It's gratifying to let a victim's family know that you never gave up on a case and that all of the hard work of a lot of people has paid off," Cooper said. "It doesn't bring their daughter back, but closure is a good thing."
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