(Editor’s note: The video in the player above is an interview conducted before Melissa Turner’s trial began.)
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A former cosplay model was convicted of second-degree murder on Friday in connection with the death of her boyfriend in 2019.
Melissa Turner was on trial in Tampa, accused of killing her boyfriend Matthew Trussler in their Hillsborough County home. A jury found her guilty of the Friday night charges.
Deputies found Trussler dead at the couple’s Riverview home on October 18, 2019 after Turner called 911 to report he was unresponsive. Turner was arrested the next day.
In an exclusive interview with 8 On Your Side’s Chip Osowski last week before her trial began, Turner didn’t deny stabbing Trussler to death, but claimed she acted in self-defense.
“And then he turned me around and he put his hands around my throat. And my right hand was sliced off and I used my left hand and I could feel the knife he had. It was on the counter,” Turner said. “And that’s where I picked him up because he wouldn’t stop. I thought he was going to kill me. dagger in the back.
The trial moved quickly – it began on Monday with jury selection and opening statements. The jury began deliberating on Friday morning and delivered the verdict a few hours later.
Among the evidence presented to jurors at trial was a recording from a Nest video camera that captured audio of a woman shouting ‘you stay down’, ‘so fucking die’ and ‘I hate you’ .
Before the trial began, the state had offered a plea deal of 25 years in state prison. Turner’s attorney, John Trevena, declined the offer and responded with five years in prison. The state said no to this counter-offer.
Turner could now face life in prison.