Police expand hunt for murder suspect

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A fugitive wanted for a Cape Girardeau murder will have to avoid contact with police nationwide after the city police department posted a notice of her arrest warrant on a national database.

Tambra T. Turner, 29, of Sikeston, Mo., faces a possible death sentence for the early Friday shooting death of Chabreshea R. Egson at Egson's home at 1523 N. Spanish St. Prosectors have charged Turner with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary in the shooting death.

The warrant for Turner is posted on the National Crime Information Center database as well the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System, or MULES, database. Both systems alert police officers of outstanding arrest warrants when they check the name of someone being screened after, for example, a traffic stop.

Cape Girardeau police also sent a package of information for the U.S. Marshals Service for inclusion in its fugitive program, department spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis said.

"We don't know if she is in Southeast Missouri or has gone somewhere else," Hovis said.

Turner is accused of killing Egson out of jealousy. Turner is the estranged wife of Lloyd Gilmore, who was at the North Spanish Street residence when police responded to the shooting at 5:20 a.m. Friday.

Police are also still looking for the front bumper from Turner's blue 2000 Ford Mustang, which they believe may have come loose in a one-car accident somewhere in Cape Girardeau, Hovis said. The license plate number of her car is 836-TZM. Police found the Mustang at her Sikeston home without the bumper.

Witnesses have told investigators that Turner said she fired a shot during a confrontation with Gilmore at the home. Turner also told the witness, according to police reports, that she slid on ice and damaged her car.

When police arrived at the North Spanish Street home, Egson was facedown on a bed and unconscious. She was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital for treatment.

Turner was last seen at midday Friday, according to witnesses interviewed by police, Hovis said.

Turner is a long-time resident of Sikeston and has family in that area, Hovis added. The Cape Girardeau Police Department has been assisted in tracking down and interviewing possible witnesses in Sikeston by the city's Department of Public Safety, Hovis said.

"They have found some people for us and did a lot of work on this case for us," Hovis said. "We got a lot of important information, and some of it very critical, that came from Sikeston."


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