Franklin Co. lawyer accused of killing girlfriend in Mexico acquitted

Tamra Turpin

A settlement has been awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit in the death of a Franklin County woman who died in Mexico.

A judge approved a $300,000 settlement on Tuesday. Evalena Duncan says a day doesn’t go by when she doesn’t think of her late daughter Tamra Turpin. She couldn’t hold back tears at the Franklin County Courthouse as a judge approved an award in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against local attorney John Loveless.

“He knows what he did and he’s going to live with it. He’s going to live with it,” said Duncan.

In March 2016, Turpin, 36, was killed while vacationing in Mexico with Loveless, her boyfriend. An autopsy later showed she was strangled to death.

Loveless was put on trial in Mexico but acquitted. Duncan says she’ll never forget what the judge said at the end of the trial.

“Mr. Loveless, you’re free to go, but you’re not innocent in the death of Tamra Turpin,” Duncan said.

She said the settlement does not mean closure.

“No amount of money, nothing can bring her back,” said Duncan.

The settlement bars Duncan from bringing any further claims concerning her daughter’s death against Loveless.

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