Man pleads guilty to killing wife, putting body in Benton manhole

Staff Writer

Approximately one year ago, Benton police officers found Stephanie Turntine's body in a manhole near Gum and Thompson streets in the Ralph Bunche Community.
When the body was found, Turntine's husband turned himself into the Pine Bluff Police Department.
On Friday, Molton Oglesby, 62, of Pine Bluff, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Circuit Court to charges of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.
Oglesby was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

On Feb. 28, 2017, Turntine's family reported her missing after Oglesby made multiple threats to kill his wife the day before. Turntine had also failed to arrive at work or to pick up her grandchildren. When family members arrived at a residence in the 4000 block of W. 4th Avenue in Pine Bluff, they noticed blood and Turntine's hair on the floor. When officers arrived at the home, "a large amount of blood was located in the south bedroom and a bloody trail was located going from the rear bedroom, throughout the residence and through the rear door," according to a Pine Bluff Police Department affidavit.
At the residence, officers also found "signs of a struggle inside the rear bedroom" and a rifle barrel with blood and hair on it.

Oglesby's vehicle was located days later outside of New Orleans.
On March 1, 2017, police received a report from a coworker that Oglesby said "he didn't know if he would be back to work because 'he had done something and he had just snapped,'" according to the affidavit.
Two days later, one of Oglesby's relatives contacted the Pine Bluff Police Department to report that Oglesby told him Turntine's body could be found in Benton "near the old gym," according to the affidavit.
Officers also received another report on March 5 about Turntine's body being in Benton.

After the body was found, Saline County Coroner Keven Cleghorn confirmed the woman's identity and pronounced her dead.
According to reports, the state medical examiner ruled that Turntine's death was due to multiple skull fractures.
Cody Dennis served as Oglesby's legal counsel and Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter represented the state.