Well, this is icky: from the Eastern Echo comes “Stepfather of EMU student is a person of interest in murder case.” This headline doesn’t really tell the real story here though; I would have written something along the lines of “Murder victim and former EMU student Julia Niswender’s stepfather charged with child pornography, suspect in stepdaughter’s murder.” But that’s kind of a long headline. Here’s a long quote from the beginning of the story:
James Turnquist has been named by Ypsilanti police as a person of interest in the murder of his stepdaughter, Julia Niswender.
Turnquist was arraigned on charges of child pornography Feb. 27 and is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 bond, MLive reports.
MLive also reports that investigators are concerned that he may have knowledge related to Niswender’s death, but that the pornography case is unrelated, according to a release by the department.
The Ypsilanti Police Department could not be reached for further comment.
Julia’s sister, Jennifer Niswender, thinks that trying to link Turnquist’s recent charges back to her sister’s death is “absolutely absurd.”