Jury finds man guilty on all counts in 2015 murder outside strip club

Raiquan Lamont Turner (Photo courtesy VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A jury on Tuesday found a man guilty of robbing and killing 25-year-old Paul Abbey outside of a Virginia Beach strip club.

Abbey was shot and killed outside Cheetah’s Lounge in May of 2015. Raiquan Turner — along with two others — were arrested and charged in connection with the murder.

It took jurors less than two hours to find Turner guilty. Several people who appeared to be in court to support him had no comment following the verdict.

Abbey’s father said he was pleased with the outcome and would have more to say Thursday morning, when the jury was scheduled to deliberate on a recommended sentence.

Turner’s murder trial began earlier this week, and continued Tuesday. One of the other suspects charged, Keith Mitchell, pleaded guilty last week to accessory after the homicide.

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Mitchell testified Tuesday that he drove to the strip club the night of Abbey’s murder. He said that Turner and Timothy Watson, the third man charged, both expressed that they needed cash that night.

Left to right: Timothy Josaahn Watson, Keith Devon Mitchell and Raiquan Lamont Turner (Photos: Virginia Beach Police Department)

Mitchell told jurors that he waited in the car, wanted nothing to do with a robbery and heard two gunshots before Watson and Turner came running back to the car.

Jurors on Wednesday heard from a former assistant chief medical examiner, who estimated that the gun was fired from less than three feet away.

They also testified that a bullet was recovered from inside Abbey’s mouth and estimated that he was shot from within three feet in the parking lot of Cheetah’s Lounge.

Jurors also heard from a detective during Wednesday’s proceedings. The detective told jurors a friend of Abbey’s picked Turner’s photo out of a lineup.

Prosecutors said Abbey never had a chance.

Turner’s defense attorney told the jury that the truth never changes and they could not believe anything that was said during trial. She said co-defendant Mitchell “would not know the truth if it slapped him in the face.”

Watson goes to trial later this month.