(WMC-TV) - The family of a woman shot several times and left for dead say they are pleased her baby's father is locked up. But his family says he did not commit the crime.
Jonathan Turner was charged Friday with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder after a shooting that took place on South Parkway and Wellington Street on November 25.
But one week later, Daeshaivon Garrett and Christina Falkner stood arm-in-arm in support of the same man.
"Me and her love him. His kids love him. That man wouldn't do nothing to hurt nobody, for what reason? For what reason?" asked Falkner.
Turner is Garrett's boyfriend, as well as the father of Falkner's son. He is now accused of shooting a woman who was five months pregnant with his seventh child. Since the baby died, he faces a first degree murder charge.
But Garrett and Falkner say Turner was with them at the time of the shooting, around 7 p.m. In fact, they say he returned before 6 p.m. after picking up dinner.
"We know he's innocent, just like there's a lot more people that know he's innocent, that he was here at the apartments," said Falkner. "We ate the chicken. All of us got sick off of it. He went to sleep. He didn't wake up 'til that night, 10, 11 o'clock. And all the missed calls in his phone. That's how he found out."
"They don't have any evidence. You can't put evidence on a person who wasn't there and that's basically what they're trying to do," said Daeshaivon Garrett. "There's no gun. There's no gun residue."
According to the affidavit of complaint, the victim identified Turner as the person who shot her in the back, then stood over her and shot her three more times.
"He's not that type of person. He wouldn't do that and what we're hoping comes out of this is that he comes home and that he's cleared and that they find the real shooter because it's not him," added Falkner.
Turner has a lengthy arrest history, but Garrett and Falkner say many of those cases were dropped.
The woman who was shot is expected to make a full recovery.
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