New Details About A Youth Pastor's Wife's Suspicious Death — Including How His Nanny Is Accusing Him Of Rape

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How Did Heather Turner Die? Details Georgia Youth Pastor Wife Found Dead Accused Rape By Nanny
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He is accused of physical abuse and rape by his nanny and girlfriend.

A disturbing story has emerged out of Georgia involving a former youth pastor, his nanny/girlfriend, and his deceased wife.

In May of 2017, Heather Turner, a resident of Paulding County, was found dead in her home.

The cause of Heather's death, however, remains a matter of suspicion and is still under investigation by police.

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According to Crime Online, Andy Turner, Heather's husband, heard a noise around 5:30 in the morning and found his wife dead in the bathroom with a single gunshot wound to the head. Though it was described as an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," Heather's death not yet been ruled a suicide. 

Andy Turner has not been listed an official suspect in Heather's death, but his immediate actions were called into question — most significantly the time lapse from when he heard the gunshot to when he called 911. Turner initially claimed to have discovered his wife at 5:30 a.m., yet did not make a call to 911 until 6:00 a.m. 

As Heather Turner's death remains under investigation, Andy is now being accused of physical abuse and sexual assault — including rape — by his former nanny and girlfriend, 27-year-old Christy Chupp. 

Chupp says that she and Andy began dating several weeks following his wife's death. At the same time, Chupp began working for Andy as a nanny to his children. Soon into their relationship, though, is when the abuse is alleged to have started. Painfully bending her fingers back, hair pulling, and twisting her arm are just some of the abuses Christy says she had gotten from Andy. 

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According to Chupp, the physical abuse also included a black eye and death threats.

He choked me real hard and said he could kill me right now if he wanted to, [and] that everybody’s saying he killed Heather, what made me think he wouldn’t kill me?”

In addition to the physical and verbal abuse, Andy Turner is also being accused of rape by Chupp.

“He told me to take my panties off and I told him ‘no.’ During intercourse, um, he had me laying on my stomach one time and he told me I should hold Heather’s ashes. That way he could be having sex with both of us.”

Chupp has now been granted a restraining order against Turner following the accusations. 

For his part, Andy Turner is denying the allegations, saying they were "absurd." Clearly having no understanding of rape culture, he also wondered "why someone wouldn’t call the police immediately if they were raped."

Though the #MeToo movement has largely been centered around Hollywood, it's a topic that affects women — and men as well — from all walks of life. Both sexual assault and domestic abuse continue to be an epidemic in the United States and around the world.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the United States alone, an average of 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. The site also adds that within their lifetime, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner.

The statistics on sexual violence are just as disturbing. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, rape is the most underreported crime, with 63% of sexual assault cases not reported to the police. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. 

RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. For help, you can contact them at 800-656-4673.

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Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and Michigan native. When she's not writing, Jill enjoys Zumba class, travel, and referencing classic Seinfeld episodes.

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