Trial continues for man accused in murder outside Va. Beach strip club

Raiquan Lamont Turner (Photo courtesy VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The trial continued Tuesday for a man accused in a 2015 murder outside of a Virginia Beach strip club.

Twenty-five-year-old Paul Abbey was shot to death outside Cheetah’s Lounge off Diamond Springs Road in May of 2015. Raiquan Turner and two others were later arrested and charged in connection with Abbey’s murder.

Keith Mitchell, the third suspect, pleaded guilty to accessory after the homicide. He testified that he drove to the club the night of the shooting. He told the jury that at the end of the night, another defendant, Timothy Watson said he needed some money and that Turner said, “Me too.”

Mitchell claimed he wanted no part of a robbery and waited in the car. He said after he heard two gunshots, Turner and Watson ran back to the car. According to Mitchell’s testimony, Turner later said, “I think I shot him.”

Turner’s defense attorney said Mitchell got an “unbelievably sweet deal.” She pointed out that he initially told investigators he did not know anything about a shooting. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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Testimony in Turner’s trial began Monday, with one of Abbey’s friends testifying that he witnessed the shooting. He testified that Turner put a gun to his head, before he heard a gunshot a saw Abbey on the ground.

Watson is expected to go on trial later this month on murder charges.

Turner has previously pleaded guilty to charges — including attempted murder in of aid of racketeering activity — connected to a 2015 shooting outside of a Sonic. He was sentenced last summer to 20 years for that shooting.