• Attorney argues client may not have been in town during time of murder

    By: Glenn Counts


    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - There are questions about whether the right man is behind bars for murder in Rowan County.

    Investigators usually use surveillance cameras to show a suspect at the scene of a crime but in this case, there is the possibility video footage could clear the suspect.

    Investigators said a witness puts Witt Alexander Jr. at the scene of the crime.

    A search of camera footage around the EpiCentre suggests that he may have been in Charlotte at the time.

    Alexander has been in the Rowan County Jail for almost a year and charged with the murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

    Deputies said that Mirah Turner was trying to prevent a home invasion when she was shot through the door of her home on Long Street in Salisbury.

    Alexander was arrested several hours later after a witness pointed him out, according to court documents.

    A photographic lineup was presented to the witness who identified Alexander as the suspect that fired the shots that killed Turner.

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    Alexander’s attorney, Doug Smith, filed a court document which raises the question of whether his client was in Charlotte at that time.

    Smith requested security camera video from the EpiCentre, the Transit Center and the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

    Deputies put the time of the murder around 2 a.m. on June 24.

    Video from one camera was subpoenaed between:

    • 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
    • 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
    • 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
    • 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

    Channel 9 asked Smith if any of those cameras got a time-stamped photo of his client and he said he could not talk about the investigation and suggested we talk to the district attorney.

    Channel 9 contacted the District Attorney's Office for a response, but we have not heard back.

    Alexander's next court date is in December. He is in jail under no bond.

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