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Double Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty Under Alford Doctrine

Claude A. Turner, 36, and Elizabeth Swiderski are both being held.



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    Police charged Claude Turner with a double murder in Watertown. His wife, Elizabeth Swiderski Turner is also charged in connection to the crime.

    One of two people charged in connection with the double homicide of a mother and son found dead in their Watertown home has pleaded guilty to murdering them, according to the Associated Press.

    Claude A. Turner, 38, pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, acknowledging there was enough evidence to convict him, the Republican-American reported. 

    He is expected to receive a life sentence for fatally stabbing 58-year-old Donna Bouffard and her 26-year-old son, Michale Perkins, the Associated Press reported.

    Turner and his wife were living in the home at the time in exchange for doing chores for Bouffard. His wife, Elizabeth Swiderski Turner, 26, was also charged in the case.

    Police began looking for them when Bouffard and Perkins were found dead inside 347 Falls Ave. in the Oakville section of Watertown during the weekend of July 7, 2012 . Police believed Bouffard and Perkins had been dead for three to five days when they were found.

    Claude Turner  was charged with capitol felony murder with special circumstances, two counts of murder and larceny, among other charges.

    Turner has said he was on drugs at the time.

    Judge Roland Fasano accepted a psychological report that found Turner competent to enter the plea.

    In March, Turner said during a hearing that Jesus told him those in court would die for what they were doing to him.

    Charges against his wife, Elizabeth include hindering prosecution, forgery and larceny. 

    Officials previously said Turner has an extensive felony history in Connecticut with crimes as far back as 1993. 

    Swiderski Turner has had multiple convictions, including for larceny, since 2003, according to officials.