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Texas man charged with murder after shooting someone outside his home

Self defense claim expected under stand-your-ground law

MARTINDALE, Texas — A 65-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder after a shooting left one person dead outside his home earlier this month.

According to reports, Terry Duane Turner, 65, told police that in the early hours of Oct. 11, he got up to use the bathroom when he saw a car with its lights off parked in his driveway next to his pickup truck.

Turner said he retrieved a handgun from his bedroom and ran outside and hit the car’s window with the firearm while it quickly blacked up. He then opened fire, hitting the driver, 31-year-old Adil Dghoughi.

Turner dialed 911 after the shooting and told the dispatcher that he “just killed a guy.” He said he shot at the car after Dghoughi pointed a gun at him.

Police did not find a gun at the scene. Dghoughi was pronounced dead a local hospital.

Turner was booked into the Caldwell County Jail Friday, Oct. 22 and released on bond less than two hours later.

Sarah Todd, Dghoughi’s girlfriend, said she believes he pulled into Turner’s driveway because he got lost and was looking for directions.

Turner is expected to claim he was defending himself and his property in accordance with Texas’ stand-your-ground law, which allows citizens to use deadly to defend themselves against anyone who poses a reasonable threat.

Dghoughi was a Moroccan national who earned a master’s degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Martindale is 35 miles south of Austin.