man sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a man during a home invasion in 1998 died of blood poisoning and the so-called flesh-eating bacteria, an autopsy has found.
Robert J. Turner, 32, died Friday at the University of Illinois Medical
Center at Chicago's intensive care unit after he was transferred there last
Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Turner was on a medical furlough from the Dixon Correctional Center and was
being treated for a number of maladies, including cirrhosis of the liver,
An autopsy performed Sunday determined that Turner died of necrotizing
fasciitis -- more commonly called the flesh-eating bacteria -- and sepsis and
his death was ruled natural, according to the medical examiner's office.
The flesh-eating disorder is a rare but severe type of infection that
can destroy the muscles, skin and other underlying tissue.
Turner was 18 when he and two other men were charged with the shooting death
of Derek Miles, 18.
Chicago police said Turner and the other men confronted Miles and two
companions on the street and demanded money. After Miles and his companions
could come up with only $15, one of victims offered to hand over valuables
stored in Miles' home.
The victims and robbers went to the home in the 6200 block of South Albany
Avenue, police said. While the three suspects collected stereo equipment and
other items, Miles slipped away and got a gun from another part of the
When Miles returned and confronted the three men, police said someone fired
several shots and killed Miles.
Officials from the Illinois Department of Corrections weren't immediately
available for comment this morning.