Family seeking justice for loved one killed in Mexican resort city

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - The family of Tamra Turpin feels victimized all over again by the Mexican court system.  They returned on Saturday from Playa Del Carmen where they were told the murder trial would begin for John Loveless.  He is a well-known Union businessman and attorney accused of strangling Tamra while the two were vacationing in Mexico last March.

Jodi Mills, Tamra's sister says when she and her mother arrived there, they were told the trial had been postponed to next month.  No one from Mexico or the US is helping them navigate another country's legal system.

Mexican authorities say Tamra was strangled.  Loveless claims she overdosed and committed suicide.  He was arrested at the airport last year while attempting to fly back to St. Louis.  He's been in jail there ever since.  Loveless faces 25 to 50 years in prison and restitution to Tamra's family.

Statement from Loveless family to Fox 2:

The friends and family of John Loveless want to thank all of those who support John’s innocence and the pursuit for justice. The allegations are unsubstantiated. The Loveless family has chosen not to engage the media (aside from this instance with FOX 2 News) at this point in time until the opportunity is given for the defense to present their case in court. John and each family’s unimaginably difficult struggle will continue as the Mexican court proceedings loom.

The Loveless family remains grateful for those who refrain from judgment before knowing both sides of the story and a decision is made by the Judges of the court in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Since every human being deserves the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

-N. Loveless

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