PLEASANT HILL, LA (KSLA) – Sabine Parish deputies arrested a man accused of intentionally exposing at least four women to the AIDS virus. And now, he's out on bail.
The case is unfolding in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, about 50 miles south of Shreveport. As word begins to filter out about the charges against Turner, you might imagine the first reaction among some residents: "Shocked, scared. I have six kids," exclaimed Lisa Dyess.
Dyess is a store clerk at the local H & L Grocery store. Others are equally shocked about the allegations. But we also caught up with friends and relatives of Patrick Turner who are standing by his side during this tough time.
That includes Leon Abercrombie, who said of the charges, "I don't believe he did that. I really don't." In fact, Turner's second cousin, Jean Turner, told me she has a message of her own to local law enforcement: "Just want them to know they shouldn't go around putting things out on him like that. That is not true."
But others say if the charges against Turner turn out to be true, that raises an entirely different set of questions. "Because it doesn't just affect the person who did it, it affects everybody who he's done it with, and they've done it with," said store cashier Whitney Willingham.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office promised to tell us more about the case on Tuesday. That could include when the alleged victims were notified and whether they've had any sexual contact with other people.