Ranger College player, on probation for killing teen, now faces sexual assault charge
RANGER, Texas - A Ranger College basketball player is being held in the Eastland County Jail on sexual assault and other charges, less than two years after being placed on probation for killing a Dallas teenager.
Dallas native Johnathan Tramaine Turner's bonds were set at $200,000 for sexual assault and $100,000 for obstruction and retaliation, Eastland County Sheriff Wayne Bradford told KTXS on Monday.
According to authorities, a woman was awakened early one morning to the 22-year-old Turner having sex with her. A criminal complaint also contends Turner threatened the woman if she went to authorities, the Associated Press is reporting.
Turner averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds for 22-8 Ranger College during the 2016-17 season, according to the Ranger College Athletic Department's website.
The March 28 arrest comes after Turner was given seven years' probation in a 2015 plea deal. Turner had initially been arrested for murder in connection with the 2014 beating death of 18-year-old Troy Causey. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Turner played high school basketball at Madison High School in Dallas. Causey, who played at Wilmer-Hutchins, was severely beaten during March 2014 outside his residence. Police say the fight started over a video game.
Causey was pronounced dead a day later at Baylor University Medical Center..
Turner was a member of a Madison High School team in 2013-14 that won a second consecutive Class 3A state title. A year earlier, Madison had defeated Abilene Wylie in the state semifinals before claiming its initial championship with a win over Houston Yates.
Madison had to forfeit those two state championships after it was determined the Trojans' roster had players - including Turner - who didn't live in the appropriate school zone.
Causey and Turner had been living together outside the Dallas ISD boundaries
Later, an investigation determined coaches fabricated residency documents to get Causey, Turner and other star players at Dallas ISD schools. Consequently, 15 Dallas ISD athletics employees resigned or were fired.
Turner, a sophomore, came to Ranger College when former UTEP, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was heading the program. Gillispie left the program during December 2016, citing health reasons. Gillispie's 2015-16 team had to forfeit all of its games because of a rules violation.