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Originally published: 2012-11-30 16:50:22
Last modified: 2012-11-30 16:52:16

Former ASU student charged with murder

A former Appalachian State University student enrolled as recently as this summer has been charged with murder in Montgomery, Ala.

Zachary Stirewalt, 21, of Cary was charged with murder after the Nov. 24 shooting death of 43-year-old Daniel Murray Turman, according to the Montgomery Police Department.

Police and medics responded to Turman’s home in a large mobile home park in northeastern Montgomery around 6:30 a.m. Nov. 24 after receiving a report of a person being shot, said Lt. Regina Duckett. Officers found Turman dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds.

Stirewalt was taken into custody at the scene as a person of interest, but police later charged Stirewalt in connection with the shooting, Duckett said.

Turman had offered the 21-year-old temporary housing after learning that he had recently left his home in North Carolina and had no place to live, Duckett said.

Stirewalt was enrolled at ASU during the first summer session this year but is no longer enrolled, ASU Spokeswoman Jane Nicholson confirmed Friday. The ASU directory lists Stirewalt as a senior majoring in technical photography.

A graduate of Green Hope High School, Stirewalt was an Eagle Scout, trumpet player and church youth group member who spent this summer interning with a Manhattan studio, according to the McClatchy-Tribune wire service.

Stirewalt was interviewed for a March 2011 article in the Watauga Democrat while leading a fundraising effort to assist victims of the earthquake in Japan.

He still in custody in lieu of a $75,000 bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility as of mid-afternoon Friday.