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Richmond Filmmaker Wraps Navy SEAL Documentary

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Navy special warfare specialist (SEAL) assigned to Seal Team 17, a unit composed of both active and reserve component members based in Coronado, Calif., climbs into the turret gunner position during a mobility training exercise through a simulated city December 10, 2010 in San Clememnte Island, California. (Credit: Eddie Harrison/US Navy via Getty Images)

Navy special warfare specialist (SEAL) assigned to Seal Team 17, a unit composed of both active and reserve component members based in Coronado, Calif., climbs into the turret gunner position during a mobility training exercise through a simulated city December 10, 2010 in San Clememnte Island, California. (Credit: Eddie Harrison/US Navy via Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond filmmaker is putting the final touches on a documentary about a former Navy SEAL trainee convicted in a 1995 slaying.

J.D. Leete’s (LEETS) film is titled “Target of Opportunity: The US Navy SEALs and the Murder of Jennifer Evans.” It contends that Dustin Turner is innocent, even though his conviction has been upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court.

The Bloomington, Ind., native is serving 82 years for the murder of Evans, an Emory University student he met at a Virginia Beach bar. Another SEAL trainee, Billy Joe Brown of Dayton, Ohio, was convicted in a separate trial and is serving 72 years. Brown initially blamed Turner but now says he alone killed Evans.

Leete’s film will be screened for the first time at a Richmond theater Thursday night.

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