DECATUR – A Decatur man is pleading not guilty to an obstruction of justice charge that said he lied to police about his identity after officers burst into a hotel room and found him in bed with a naked 15-year-old girl.
The case against Curston L. Turner, 24, came up for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Macon County Circuit Court where Turner, who is being held in the Macon County Jail, was represented by defense attorney Timothy Tighe.
Tighe told Judge Thomas Griffith he was ready to proceed with the case and it was then set for a disposition hearing Friday.
Sworn affidavits said Turner had been arrested at 5 a.m. July 30 after members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force entered his room at the Baymont Inn in Forsyth. Turner was being sought on warrants related to related to earlier charges alleging domestic abuse.
The police had described the room as having liquor and a scattering of “ecstasy pills” on a nightstand. A breath test showed the girl had alcohol in her system, according to the documents.
In an adjoining room, police found a naked 17-year-old girl “unresponsive," and it was later determined she had a cocktail of “multiple illegal drugs” in her body and she was taken to hospital for treatment, the documents said.
Police said Turner initially gave them the name of his brother but was soon found out after officers obtained a photograph of him. He initially was booked on additional charges of endangering the life of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott said Tuesday those charges had not been proceeded with because there was not enough evidence to meet the legal standard needed to support them.
Another man, Marquece T. Little, also faces charges of supplying drugs in connection with the hotel incident. A warrant has been issued for his arrest and police are searching for him.