Man arrested in West Sacramento cold case murder of Monica Turknett
Above: Robert Spurlin Jr. | West Sacramento PD
West Sacramento police have announced an arrest in connection to a cold case homicide that occurred in 2009.
On June 13, 2009, police responded to a local residence and found Monica Elise Turknett dead, in what was later determined to be a homicide. She was also determined to have been living with a man identified as Robert Spurlin Jr. at the time, police said.
The case remained unsolved for over ten years until April of 2022, when investigators reviewed the Turknett case and relaunched the investigation, gathering new information about Turknett’s life and the events leading up to her murder.
In late July of this year, Robert Spurlin Jr. was identified and arrested as the primary suspect in her death.