ERIE — There's now a March 30 deadline for any pretrial motions to be filed with U.S. District Court in Erie in connection with Jack Turner's federal robbery case.
Turner, 21, a suspect in a double homicide in Crawford County, was indicted by a federal grand jury in November for a separate armed robbery holdup of an Erie area gas station.
Turner was indicted by the federal grand jury for a Hobbs Act robbery and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. The federal indictment alleges Turner robbed a Kwik Fill gas station at 3360 W. 38th St. in Millcreek Township at gunpoint on Aug. 11, 2019.
Following an in-chambers hearing with attorneys Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter gave the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Public Defender's Office until March 30 to file any pretrial motions in connection with Turner's federal case. Pretrial motions in Turner's federal robbery case had been due by Jan. 30.
A federal Hobbs Act robbery is when a person obstructs, delays or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion or attempts or conspires so to do, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property in furtherance of a plan or purpose.
The federal indictment alleges Turner brandished a 9mm pistol and robbed the gas station of money "against the employee’s will and by means of actual and threatened force, violence and fear of immediate and future injury."
Turner is scheduled to go on trial in March at the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas for allegedly killing his stepmother and half brother in August 2019.
Pennsylvania State Police have charged Turner with fatally shooting Shannon Whitman, 49, and Darrin Whitman, 10, on Aug. 10, 2019, at the home of Scott, Shannon and Darrin Whitman at 13185 Route 198 near Guys Mills. Turner is the son of Scott Whitman.
Shannon and Darrin Whitman each died of a single gunshot wound to the head, and their deaths were determined as homicides by Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell.
Turner remains held in the Crawford County jail in Saegertown without bond as he awaits his homicide trial.
Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.