Trial postponed in death of local women in Mexico -

Trial postponed in death of local women in Mexico

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( - The trial of a Franklin County man accused of strangling his girlfriend while on vacation in Mexico has been postponed.

John Loveless allegedly killed Tamra Turpin, of Union, while the two were on vacation in Playa Del Carmen in March. Investigators say Turpin was found dead in the condo where she and Loveless were vacationing.

Six members of Turpin’s family from both Missouri and Texas went to Playa Del Carmen over the weekend for the start of the trial only to be told Monday morning that it has been delayed.

“We’re frustrated. It takes a lot of time and money to go out of the country to something like this,” said Turpin’s sister Jodie Miller.

Miller said court officials told them the delay was announced on Friday, but word did not get to Turpin’s family before they left for Mexico. Miller added she was in contact with US consulate officials, but they said they could not be of help when it came to providing information on court proceedings.

Turpin’s family spent around $1,000 to rent an apartment for the trial and hundreds of dollars on airline tickets.

The trial is now set to begin on March 8. Miller said the delay is making it harder to find closure, extending the family’s pain.

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