IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR BAY COUNTY
CASE NO. 96-0522C
STATE OF FLORIDA, Plaintiff
MONIQUE MARIE TURENNE, Defendant.
AFFIDAVIT OF LOREN SCHINKEL
I, Loren Schinkel, being duly sworn do hereby depose and say:
1. I am a Detective Sergeant with the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Police Service.
2. I was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1978 to 1981, and I have been employed with the Winnipeg Police Service from January, 1981, to the present.
3. I am currently assigned to the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit and have been so assigned since 1989.
4. On February 13, 1996, this Officer was requested by Warrant Officer Pierre Raymond of the Canadian Armed Forces Special Investigation Unit to assist him in his investigation of the homicide of Canadian Air Force Major David Turenne in Panama City, Florida. Monique Turenne's father states this is false.
5. At Warrant Officer Raymond's request, this officer accompanied by Sgt. Jim Thiesson of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit traveled to 402 Cabana Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on February 14, 1996, arriving at 11:14 p.m.
6. At this residence, this affiant and Sgt. Thiessen were met by an elderly white male identified as Henry Paille, who is the father of Monique Turenne. After properly identifying ourselves as members of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit, I advised Monique Turenne that an arrest had been made in her husband's murder. Her immediate response was, "How many?" After being told that only one individual had been apprehended, she was advised that further information would be forthcoming and that we would like to discuss these details with her. Ms. Turenne indicated that this was not an appropriate location to disuss the matter and then asked if we could go somewhere else to talk. When I suggested that we attend to the Public Safety Building, Ms. Turenne readily agreed.
7. As we were preparing to leave the above-described residence, Henry Paille asked the officer's in Ms. Turenne's presence if his daughter required a lawyer. Consequently I advised both Mr. Paille and Ms. Turenne that she could certainly contact counsel if she so desired. I further indicated that she did not have to go wth us if she did not want to and that her attendance was strictly voluntary. Monique Turenne indicated that she did not want to contact a lawyer and that she preferred to leave the residence at that time.
8. At 11:25 p.m., Monique Turenne was escorted to the rear of the police vehicle and conveyed to the Public Safety Building in Winnipeg. While en-route, she briefly mentioned in my presence that she was having trouble sleeping since the murder and that she still had not been able to tell her son, Michael, about his father's death. Ms. Turenne also asked me and the other officers if "they" had found the murder weapon yet. Based on my experience as an investigator, I considered this to be an unusual comment in light of the fact that she had not inquired as to the identity of the arrested individual.
9. At 12:05 a.m., on February 15, 1996, Sgt. Thiessen and I conducted an initial oral interview of Monique Turenne at the Public Safety Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. At the beginning of this interview, I advised her of her rights pursuant to Charter Section 106, and I inquired whether she wished to call duty counsel or any other lawyer. She indicated that she understood what I had read and that she did not wish to contact a lawyer. I have signed and dated a true and correct transcript of that interview, which I personally prepared during the interview, and have attached the same to this affidavit as Exhibit 8A.
10. At 1:55 a.m. on February 15, 1996, Sgt. Thiessen and I concluded the initial interview by Canadian authorities of Ms. Turenne at the Public Safety Building and afforded her an opportunity to have a drink and smoke a cigarette. Ms. Turenne made no further requests at that time.
11. After the initial oral interview of Monique Turenne, she was provided an opportunity to submit an additional video, audio or written formal statement. Monique Turenne elected to provide a statement in writing and consequently between 2:02 a.m. and 6:03 a.m. on February 15, 1996, in the presence of Sgt. Thiessen and me, Ms. Turenne provided a formal written statement about the circumstances of the death of David Turenne. At the concluson of this statement, Monique Turenne was permitted in my presence to review it completely for accuracy and to make any changes she wished. Those changes are also recorded as part of the statement and included herein. Following these changes by Monique Turenne, I witnessed her sign the statement indicating that she had read it and it was correct. I have signed and dated a true and accurate transcript of Ms. Turenne's statement and have attached the same hereto as Exhibit 8B.
12. At 8.20 a.m. on February 15, 1996, Monique Turenne was transported by this affiant back to the residence at 402 Cabana Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
13. A photograph signed and dated by me of the person known to me as Monique Turenne is attached hereto as Exhibit 8C of this affidavit.
Further affiant sayeth not.
signed and notarised, Loren Schinkel