Gulfport man gets life sentence for murder-robbery

Published 4:40 am Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Gulfport man has been sentenced to life without parole for capital murder in a 2005 break-in at a D’Iberville home that resulted in the fatal shooting of 42-year-old Larry Darnell Turner.

Jason Benard Foxworth, 27, was convicted Thursday in Harrison County Circuit Court. He was sentenced Friday. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.

Foxworth was one of three men arrested and charged in the July 6, 2005, killing.

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Prosecutors said Turner, a contractor, was shot in the neck over $10,000 cash from an insurance settlement kept at his home.

Among prosecution witnesses was Steven “Little Stevie” Fairley, a Gulfport man serving a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to armed robbery for his role in the incident. Fairley named Foxworth as the man who planned the robbery, according to the court record.

Defense attorneys argued that no physical evidence linked Foxworth to the crime, only testimony from non-credible sources.

Foxworth, Fairley and Mark Kee “Tupac” Brown were arrested shortly after police discovered Turner’s body. Brown’s capital murder trial is set for January.