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Melissa Turner biography: 10 things about Riverview, Florida cosplay model

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Melissa Rose Turner is a resident of Riverview, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. Here are 10 more things about her:

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  1. She is self-employed as a cosplay model.
  2. She was Matthew Trussler‘s girlfriend.
  3. She was 1 year older than Trussler.
  4. In December 2018, she and Trussler bought a two-story, four-bedroom home in the Boyette Farms subdivision in Riverview. They lived there with their cats and dogs.
  5. On October 18, 2019, she fatally stabbed Trussler inside their residence in Riverview. A neighbor’s surveillance system captured an argument between them on their patio at around 4:31 a.m. At 8:45 a.m., she called 911. Later that day, she was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She originally told investigators she came home, found his body and tried to revive him that day but later changed her story and said she and Trussler were in a heated argument and his death was an accident.
  6. She was 26 years old when she was arrested on October 18, 2019. She was held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Florida. She allegedly bragged in jailhouse calls about having a bank account with $30,000 she made in the adult entertainment industry as a cosplay model. After her release from jail, she started selling arts and crafts.
  7. On February 14, 2022, her murder trial started at the Hillsborough County courthouse in Tampa. When she spoke to jurors on February 17, 2022 and February 18, 2022, she acted in self-defense when she stabbed Trussler on October 18, 2019.
  8. On February 18, 2022, a jury in Florida found her guilty in the second degree.
  9. She was 29 years old when she was convicted of second-degree murder.
  10. Represented by John Trevena, she will be back in court for her sentence hearing on May 18, 2022.
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