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Police: Man shoots wife, leading to discovery of 38 marijuana plants
Steven Turner
Steven Turner

A Gainesville man is in jail after authorities say he shot his wife in the stomach, prompting responding officers to find 38 marijuana plants in his home on Cove Road. 

Police say Steven Noel Turner, 43, called 911 to report what he said was an accidental shooting around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the home in the 2000 block of Cove Road, off Thompson Mill Road. 

When Hall County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Hall County Fire Services personnel was prepping the 42-year-old woman for transport to a local hospital, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said. He said the woman was in stable condition and her injuries were serious but not life-threatening.  

Booth said investigators later determined Turner shot his wife intentionally during an argument. 

While checking for other people in the home, deputies found two marijuana grow rooms in the basement, Booth said. 

The Gainesville/Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad obtained a search warrant for the home and later seized 38 marijuana plants in “various stages of growth,” containers of THC oil and psilocybin mushrooms, Booth said. 

Booth said the estimated street value of the narcotics seized was roughly $50,000. 

Turner is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, manufacturing marijuana, possession of THC oil with intent to distribute and possession of psilocybin mushrooms. 

He was arrested on the drug charges Wednesday and booked into the Hall County Jail, where he is being held without bond. 

No attorney information was available for Turner Friday, Aug. 28, from Magistrate Court officials. 

The case is still under investigation. 

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