The son and daughter of former NFL player David Lee "Deacon Turner -- who was fatally shot by deputies over the weekend -- were arraigned Tuesday on charges including making criminal threats and participation in a criminal street gang.
Both Ahmod Turner, 25, and Whittney Turner, 24, pleaded not guilty and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 26.
The charges stem from a confrontation at Kern Medical Center after David Turner was pronounced dead early Sunday morning. Hospital CEO Paul Hensler has said that, according to reports from security officers, family members became angry and someone in the group told hospital security there was a gun in the parking lot.
Coroner's officials called law enforcement, and the first deputy to arrive was "rushed" by family members, said Hensler, who was provided the security reports. The deputy drew his weapon but didn't fire, more law enforcement arrived and Ahmod and Whittney Turner were arrested.
LeDarrius Davis, a nephew of David Turner who was at the hospital, said there was no need to arrest anyone. Everyone was yelling, but no one threatened anyone, he said. The family was just grieving.
"(People) are always going to think the police got it right," Davis said.
David Turner was like a father to him, Davis said. David Turner was always in charge of family get-togethers, and no one but him was allowed to barbecue for big events.
David Turner, 56, was shot after deputies detained him and then confronted him as Turner tried to leave. The deputies had responded to a Fastrip on Niles Street and Mount Vernon Avenue for reports of juveniles asking adults to buy alcohol for them and had encountered Turner.
A deputy was reportedly hit in the head with a bag containing two 24-ounce beers, the sheriff's department has said. A second deputy, Wesley Kraft, drew his handgun and fired twice at Turner.
Turner died just before 3 a.m. at KMC.