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Martinsville man arrested for stabbing his fiancée and assaulting her two children

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

HENRY COUNTY, VA – The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for Willie Lee Turner in reference to a domestic incident that resulted in Turner assaulting three household members on November 19, 2020, at 85 Willow Court in Martinsville.

On November 20, Deputy G. Hagwood observed Turner operating the victim’s stolen car vehicle on Old Liberty Drive.

Deputy Hagwood initiated a traffic stop on the car, and Turner was taken into custody without incident.

Turner was charged with Malicious Wounding, Strangulation (2 counts), Grand Larceny and Assault and Battery.

He is currently being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.


HENRY COUNTY, VA – On November 19, at approximately 8:32 pm, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call in regards to a domestic incident at 85 Willow Court in Martinsville.

Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and discovered a female victim at the residence suffering from multiple stab wounds to her head, torso and arms.

The victim was identified as Teel Sherice Matthews, 47, of 85 Willow Court in Martinsville.

Matthews was alert and able to communicate with the responding deputies and was airlifted to Roanoke for treatment of her injuries.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that a verbal altercation over the use of a vehicle occurred between Matthews and her fiancé, Willie Turner.

During the argument, Turner began to assault Matthews and her two children, ages 9 and 24.

Turner grabbed a kitchen knife and began to stab Matthews multiple times.

Turner fled the scene in Matthews Lime Green Fiat two door Hatchback with Virginia license plate UPW-4617.

Willie Lee Turner, 61, of 85 Willow Court, is currently wanted for the following charges.

  • Malicious Wounding

  • Strangulation (2 counts)

  • Grand Larceny of a Motor vehicle

  • Assault & Battery (Misdemeanor)

Anyone having information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Willie Turner is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463. The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

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