Vasectomy is new idea in E. Michigan student’s bathtub drowning

September 3, 2015 - storage organizer

He’s upheld dual polygraph tests. There’s no DNA justification joining him to a crime scene. And his mom and other evident family members contend military are looking during a wrong man.

But allegations of passionate abuse, an FBI behavioral comment and a vasectomy are among a justification that led Ypsilanti military to name a stepfather of a murdered Eastern Michigan University tyro as a chairman of seductiveness in their investigation, according to a hunt aver confirmation performed Tuesday by a Free Press.

Police have forked to inconclusive justification as their logic for fixing Jim Turnquist a chairman of seductiveness in a bathtub drowning of Julia Niswender in her off-campus section in 2012.

Investigators met with members of a FBI Behaviorial Analyst Unit final May who resolved that a torpedo was famous to a victim, “took their time” and was “well organized,” according to a affidavit. An FBI agent, who was after reserved to a case, suggested Ypsilanti military that he would cruise Turnquist to be “their No. 1 suspect” and suggested they examine him further.

Turnquist has denied his impasse and has upheld a secretly administered polygraph exam and one administered by Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. His wife, a mom of a murdered student, has told military he was home sleeping on a night her daughter was killed.

Niswender’s family has been strongly divided over a military handing of a case, with both Niswender’s mom and twin sister criticizing investigators for targeting a wrong person, while others in a family trust military are on a right track.

The 12-page hunt aver affidavit, created by Detective Annette Coppock, was given to a Free Press on Tuesday by a Freedom of Information Act ask after a dialect primarily refused to recover it given of a bargain information it contained.

Niswender, 23, was found passed in her section in Ypsilanti on Dec. 11, 2012, after her roommate told military she hadn’t oral with her given dual days earlier. No arrests have been done in a case, though her 47-year-old stepfather was named a chairman of seductiveness this past March.

The confirmation outlines several factors as to since military cruise Turnquist to be a chairman of interest:

■ On Dec. 13, 2014, disposable latex gloves found on her bedroom building were submitted to a Michigan State Police’s Crime Lab and it was after dynamic that masculine DNA was inside of a gloves. According to a lab results, dual opposite masculine “DNA donors” were detected within a gloves. Turnquist’s DNA was not a compare for one of a samples and a other was too diseased for comparison and could usually be described as belonging to a male.

■ Other samples taken from a physique were dynamic to be masculine DNA and tested certain for seminal fluid. A lab scientist from a MSP Crime Lab settled in 2014 that a swabs collected from her physique indicated a think “is unchanging with a masculine who had a vasectomy.” Rose Niswender, Julia Niswender’s grandmother, told military that Turnquist had a vasectomy after a birth of his initial and usually child.

■ Coppock settled she interviewed Niswender’s best crony on Dec. 14, 2012, and a lady told her that Niswender disclosed dual years before to her genocide that Turnquist did “inappropriate things” to her sexually, flourishing adult as a child. The friend, who is not being named by a Free Press, also settled that Turnquist also done inapt remarks to her, referring to her as “his girlfriend” and seeking during one indicate if she was “coming to cuddle” with him. But a friend, who was re-interviewed on Feb. 15, 2013, after denied ever creation those statements to Coppock.

■ Rose Niswender, who has oral publicly opposite Turnquist, described Turnquist to military as “a loner who engages in deterrence function with family members and really controlling.” She indicted him of celebration excessively after Niswender’s genocide and pronounced he became some-more “quick tempered.” She also pronounced she suspected him of intimately molesting Niswender.

■ On Feb. 11, 2013, military interviewed Turnquist’s ex-wife, who hadn’t oral with him given they divorced in 1999, and she told them that he was lifted in an “extremely violent environment.” Turnquist’s stepmother told military that his biological mom authorised her father to exceedingly kick him when he was a boy, and she suspected he was intimately abused as well.

■ Police pronounced Turnquist sat quietly in a run chair and seemed to be “unemotional and composed” after anticipating out about her death.

“… Detective Yuhas walked Kim and Jim Turnquist behind to a Detective Bureau for an initial interview,” a request states. “Kim (Julia’s mother) began seeking questions and wanted answers as to what happened to Julia and was really emotional. Jim Turnquist, who was ease and unemotional, told his mom Kim to ‘calm down.’ “

Carrie Niswender, Julia Niswender’s aunt and Kim Turnquist’s sister, vehemently contested a information and statements within a affidavit.

“The allegations in a confirmation are totally absurd,” Carrie Niswender said. “And we are carefree that by a probity system, a law will come out. For those of us that do know a truth, we are station strong.”

Jennifer Niswender, Julia’s twin, pronounced final month that she and other family members will continue to mount behind her stepfather, whom she pronounced lifted them as his own. She described Turnquist as a amatory and bargain father and rebuffed a allegations done by her grandmother and military statements.

The confirmation also suggested unfortunate sum of a pell-mell crime stage investigators found and a demeanour in that Niswender died.

When officers entered Niswender’s room on Dec. 11, 2012, to control a contentment check, they found it in irregularity and ransacked. Dresser drawers were left open with garments thrown all over a floor, cosmetic drawers from an organizer were pulled out and a essence were dumped onto a floor. It primarily seemed Niswender was a plant of a home invasion, though her computer, iPod, flat-screen TV and wrapped Christmas presents had not been stolen. There were no signs of forced opening into her apartment.

Police trust there were dual pillows on a bed, though one black and white zebra striped sham box was believed to be taken from a scene.

Lying on a floor, in front of a sealed lavatory doorway was a span of white latex gloves, disfigured or intertwined with any other, according to a affidavit.

“A dark-colored piece could be seen within a gloves, after reliable by a Michigan State Police Crime Lab as being Julia’s blood,” Coppock wrote.

The FBI behavioral analysts trust a rubber gloves were intentionally left during a stage to trick investigators and pronounced that they had seen that countless times before in their training and experience.

Niswender’s lanyard, containing her marker and keys, were found fibbing on a bedroom floor, though a pivotal to her section opening doorway had been private and stolen. The FBI analysts pronounced killers mostly take “mementos” that go to a plant to assistance prolong, “even nourish,” their memory of a crime.

When a officers non-stop a lavatory door, they detected Niswender’s body, “face down submerged in a bathtub filled with water,” a confirmation states.

She was bare from a waist down, her yoga pants had been cut off her physique and left on a lavatory floor. Her pinkish shirt had been cut, exposing her top physique and chest area, with usually a right sleeve remaining on her right arm.

There were apparent ligature outlines on her wrists and ankles, a confirmation said. “The slicing instrument used to cut Julia’s garments and a ligatures that were used to bound/tie Julia, were taken and blank from a scene.”

Her dungeon phone was submerged in a bathtub water, underneath her body, according to a document.

Detectives found no vital signs of damage or mishap to her body, other than dual tiny round abrasions on her left bend area. The inside of her mouth seemed to have been bleeding.

The autopsy, conducted by Washtenaw County Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, showed she had a low contusion on a right side of her tongue from satirical it. Jentzen ruled her means of genocide as “asphyxia compared with drowning, demeanour of genocide is homicide.” Her toxicology news came behind disastrous for ethanol and drugs.

Turnquist told detectives that he final spoke to Niswender on Dec. 9 and had a “pleasant conversation” with her about Christmas selling with her younger sister.

Ypsilanti military pronounced Turnquist was named a chairman of seductiveness given he hasn’t “provided detectives with a grave matter as to his locale a days before to Julia’s death.”

Turnquist’s attorney, Paul Stablein, and some family members contend he has cooperated with a investigation, willingly branch over a mechanism in Dec 2014. Stablein pronounced Turnquist “was intensely cooperative” with military for dual years and gave them “everything they needed.”

Kim Turnquist pronounced they slept in a same bed together “most nights” and were together a night that military trust Niswender died.

It took scarcely dual years for military to publicly name Turnquist as a chairman of seductiveness and few sum were expelled after. The family has indicted a dialect of foul targeting Turnquist, indicating to what they trust were lapses in a investigation.

According to a affidavit, in 2014, investigators satisfied that a purple carpet that was on a building subsequent to a cylinder where she was found was never collected as evidence. Police contacted Niswender’s mother, who had collected her effects from a apartment, and asked if they could obtain a rug. Kim Turnquist took a investigators to a storage section where Niswender’s effects were housed though a carpet was not among a items.

Kim Turnquist told military that it was her bargain that Ypsilanti military had collected a carpet and was in possession of it. It’s misleading what happened to a rug.

The hunt aver came into doubt in August, months after Ypsilanti military pronounced they believed he had “knowledge regarding to her death.” That explanation came days after he was arrested by deputies with a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and charged with a transgression count of possessing child intimately violent material.

A mistrial was announced in Aug after Turnquist’s invulnerability profession pronounced he was not supposing with a hunt aver in tie with a review and complained that other applicable information was only expelled to him a morning of a trial, months after he creatively requested it from a Ypsilanti Police Department. Turnquist is set to lapse to justice in that box subsequent Friday.

The mechanism was being searched in tie with a Ypsilanti Police Department’s review of Niswender’s death.

Contact Katrease Stafford: 313-223-4759 or

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