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Houston Woman Murdered By Recent Ex After He Lured Her Uncle Out Of Home

Ja'Dee Turner's uncle was lured out of the home by her recent ex, Milton Cole, who then snuck into the apartment in which she was sleeping and shot her and then himself.

By Megan Carpentier
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A Houston woman was murdered in her bed by her ex-boyfriend, who created a ruse to get her uncle out of her home for long enough to commit the act of violence.

Ja'Dee Turner, 32, died just before 2:15 a.m. on Thursday, police told the Houston Chronicle, at the hands of her recent ex-boyfriend, Milton Wayne Cole, 40.

Turner's uncle, who lived at the residence, told police that, prior to the homicide, Cole had called and asked him to come to the gate of the complex so that Cole could give him some money, according to Houston CBS affiliate KHOU.

Turner was asleep in her room and the uncle left the door unlocked as he headed out to the complex's gate, not knowing that Cole was sitting in his car, watching, from inside the complex, according to Houston ABC affiliate KTRK.

Cole then snuck into Turner's apartment and shot the sleeping woman multiple times in the head, according to police. He subsequently turned the gun on himself.

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The uncle, not finding Cole at the gate with the promised money, returned to the apartment and went to check on Turner. He found both bodies and called police.

He told police the couple had dated for about a year before breaking up earlier this month and he had no idea Cole would commit such a violent act, according to KHOU.

Other family members told KTRK that they, too, had no idea Cole was violent and that the break-up had seemed amicable.

A social media photo of Ja'Dee Turner

"This guy, you know, he seemed cool but, it's like, you just never know," Turner's sister, Jadairria Turner, told the station. "It's a disguise."

Her stepmother, Leticia Jackson Turner, indicated to KTRK that the only concerns Turner had expressed about Cole is that he wouldn't give her space, which led to the break-up. They now believe Turner had brushed off signs that Cole was too controlling.

"There wasn't any domestic violence, though," a cousin who wasn't identified told KHOU reporters.

Police aren't sure they'll ever know for sure what Cole's motive was.

"It's very unfortunate what happened here tonight. But he took some time to lie in wait, plan this out, to get her alone to do what he did," Houston Police Lt. Ignacio Izaguirre told KTRK. "I don't know why he would do it or why it would get to this level. Only they'll know and unfortunately, neither one can tell us."

Turner was a health care worker at Houston Methodist Hospital whose side hustle was a growing all-natural juice business, Jus-Tas-It, that she promoted on social media. Her family described Cole as a military veteran.