Texas Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Shooting of Moroccan Immigrant

An attendee holds a poster of Adil Dgoughi at a vigil in Martindale, Texas on Oct. 24, 2021.

In Caldwell County, a jury has handed down a manslaughter conviction to Terry Duane Turner, a 67-year-old Texas man, for the shooting death of an immigrant in his driveway. The incident, which took place in October 2021, involved the fatality of Adil Dghoughi, a 31-year-old Moroccan national.

Turner, from Martindale, approximately 30 miles from Austin, faced a possible murder charge. However, the jury ultimately opted for the lesser manslaughter verdict. Dghoughi’s relatives suggest he was merely lost when he pulled into Turner’s driveway, and prosecutors maintain that Dghoughi was attempting to leave when he was shot.

Turner claimed self-defense during the trial, believing Dghoughi to have been armed, though investigators did not retrieve any weapon from Dghoughi’s vehicle. The defendant recounted that fear of robbery or assault prompted him to arm himself and approach the unfamiliar car outside his home around 3:30 a.m.

Defense attorney Gerry Morris defended Turner’s perception of threat, even though visibility into Dghoughi’s car was hindered. Morris emphasized Turner’s remorse over the incident, stating, “He pulled the trigger. He regrets it. He’ll regret it all his life.”

Following the conviction, Morris did not offer any comments.

Sentencing for Turner is pending, with a possible prison term ranging from 2 to 20 years.

Dghoughi, a U.S. resident since 2012, was a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, holding a master’s degree in business administration and finance. His family reports that he had relocated to Austin in search of opportunities as a financial analyst.

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