Paraplegic woman sentenced in teen's stabbing death
Treana Turner, a 32-year-old black woman, was sentenced Thursday to 16 years to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of a high school basketball player in 2009. Times reporter Ann M. Simmons reported on the case of Turner, a paraplegic who committed the murder from her wheelchair:
Trean Turner was convicted in December of second-degree murder in the death of Yolanda Kennard, 16-year-old black teenager and student at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.
Turner's and Kennard’s mothers were romantic rivals for the same man, prosecutors said. On the day of the killing, Turner had threatened to kill members of Kennard’s family.
On April 25, Kennard was standing on a sidewalk with her mother and friends when she was approached by Turner in a wheelchair, police said. Turner was with three other women, including her mother, Pamela Johnson.