A 65-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder on Friday after turning himself in for fatally shooting a man sitting in a car outside of his driveway, the sheriff’s office said.
Terry Turner shot and killed Adil Dghoughi, 31, on October 11 as he sat in his Audi sedan, which was parked outside of Turner’s home in Martindale.
According to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Turner allegedly thought Dghoughi was being ‘suspicious’ before he walked up and shot him at point-blank range in the head.
He turned himself in just before 10am on Friday – 11 days after the murder – and spent less than two hours in jail before being bailed out at 11.50am. It was unclear how much the bond was posted as.
A probable cause affidavit revealed that officers arrived at Turner’s house around 3:42 a.m. and found Dghoughi, a Muslim-Moroccan who had been in the US for more than a decade, with a gunshot wound to the head and his car parked at the end of the driveway.
He was rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries.
Terry Turner (right), 65, shot point-blank and killed Adil Dghoughi (left), 31, who was sitting in his parked car outside of Turner’s home. He turned himself in to Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office around 10am Saturday – 11 days after the murder – and was bailed out before noon
Dghoughi’s girlfriend of one and a half years Sarah Todd said of Turner’s release: ‘It’s crazy… How in the hell is he out on bail? He is a threat to the entire community’
The court documents said that Turner had gotten up to use the bathroom and saw the car with the headlights off as he crossed the living room and foyer of his home, according to The Daily Beast.
He explained that he then ran to his bedroom, got his handgun and ran back outside, which is when Dghoughi’s headlights flicked on.
Turner told cops that Dghoughi put his car in reverse and tried to speed away but Turner chased after him. He said he used his gun to tap on the driver’s window twice before firing through the glass.
He went back in his house, called 911 and said to the dispatcher: ‘I just killed a guy.’
The affidavit said that as the dispatcher was gathering information, Turner added: ‘He pointed a gun at me and I shot,’ according to The Daily Beast.
The 65-year-old also said that Dghoughi had tried ‘racing away but I ran after him’.
However, the court documents said that no guns were found inside of Dghoughi’s car and Turner had not been arrested until nearly two weeks after the murder despite cops saying he was ‘cooperative’.
The victim’s family, including his girlfriend Sarah Todd, were enraged by the delayed arrest and said it highlighted the historic problem in Texas of white people shooting people of color and claiming self-defense, according to The Daily Best.
‘It’s crazy that they are going to let this guy out on bail and he chased someone down and murdered them in the street. How in the hell is he out on bail? He is a threat to the entire community,’ Todd said.
Before parking outside of Turner’s home, Dghoughi had reportedly left his girlfriend’s house around 3:07am – about 45 minutes before his death.
Turner said he thought Dghoughi was ‘suspicious’ when he saw him with his headlights off around 4am on October 11 and used his gun to tap on the driver’s-side window twice before shooting. The gunshot went through Dghoughi’s hand, head and passenger-side window, killing him
She told the news outlet that she didn’t think anything of it because the couple often enjoyed late-night drives listening to Moroccan music. ‘It was kind of a relaxing thing for him,’ she said.
The two have been dating for the past year and a half.
Todd believed Dghoughi got lost on his drive back home and, in efforts to find cell service in a small city of only 1,000, stopped in front of Turner’s home.
The grieving girlfriend said it wasn’t unusual for the town to have terrible reception and said she believes Turner ‘executed’ her boyfriend.
Brahim Mellouli, Dghoughi’s friend of more than 15 years who knew him in Morocco and in the US, told The Daily Beast: ‘He would never look for trouble. He was a calm dude, very respectful.
We just want justice for him.’
Mellouli set up a GoFundMe for his late friend and raised $43,254 ‘to cover funeral expenses and transporting his body from the USA to Morocco where he would lay to rest,’ a description of the fundraiser read.
As of October 16 the family increased their financial goal to $60,000 and posted an update saying they were now looking to ‘hire a private investigator and a lawyer to ensure justice is served for Adil and his family’.
The post also noted that local authorities had not answered the Dghoughi family’s questions.
Todd told The Daily Beast that investigators told her Turner shot in self-defense because he feared her lover was there to rob him.
‘The first words, pretty much, out of their mouths was that it was self-defense,’ she said, adding that it was unlike Dghoughi to be confrontational.
Todd also cited that she was worried about how Texas’ Stand Your Ground Law will affect Turner’s arrest and subsequent sentencing, saying that she believes it could possibly protect the homeowner from consequences.
The law, which was put into effect in 2005, says that a person can use deadly force when they reasonably believe it to be necessary against another presumed deadly force. The state also upholds the law when someone is acting to protect their property, such as to prevent arson or robbery.
Todd told The Daily Beast that she’s afraid Dghoughi’s case will tell white people that ‘they can shoot whoever they want just for stepping on their property’.
‘That is not okay,’ she added.
Todd said she’s worried Texas’ Stand Your Ground Law will protect Turner from justice. The law says that a person can use deadly force when they reasonably believe it to be necessary against another presumed deadly force, or when someone is protecting their property
However, the news outlet reported that the incident report had been heavily redacted and any conversation between Turner and Dghoughi before the shooting was blacked out.
However, the report did reveal that the Audi Dghoughi was driving belonged to his girlfriend, a hand gun was used in the killing and the motive for shooting it was ‘unknown’.
Doctors treating Dghoughi told Todd that a bullet went through his hand, his head and exited through the passenger window, according to The Daily Beast. Todd said that tells her ‘my poor baby was so afraid’ and had his hands up.
Dghoughi’s autopsy report was not immediately available and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office said that as of Wednesday, it was still working with other jurisdictions, including the sheriff’s department.
The 31-year-old came to America in 2003 to ‘pursue the American dream,’ a tribute for Dghoughi said on Facebook. He went to Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island where he earned his Master’s degree in financial analysis before moving to Texas nearly three years ago.
Todd told The Daily Beast that Dghoughi was working as an Uber driver while applying for jobs in the finance industry.
A vigil is being held for Dghoughi on Saturday at 6pm at the Texas State Capital Building in Austin. ‘We ask you to please attend, learn about Adil’s life from his family and friends, and call for justice,’ the Facebook invitation read.
It added: ‘Adil’s life meant something and the person who killed him should be arrested and charged with murder.’