Order of protection expanded for St. Charles man facing attempted murder charge

Updated 5/27/2016 2:13 PM
  • Scott J. Turyna is charged with attempted murder of his wife, who has since filed for divorce.

    Scott J. Turyna is charged with attempted murder of his wife, who has since filed for divorce.

A St. Charles man who authorities say was thwarted from shooting his wife by the local school board president made his first Kane County court appearance Friday, with the man's daughter being added to an order of protection already obtained by his wife.

Scott J. Turyna, 65, of the 400 block of Hunt Club Drive, faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated domestic battery and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

Turyna was arrested May 3 after an episode in which authorities say Steven Spurling, president of the St. Charles Community Unit District 303 School Board tackled and disarmed Turyna after he opened fire on his wife outside their home.

"My husband's gone crazy," shouted Turyna's wife, 55, as she came running out of her home, according to a St. Charles police affidavit of the incident used to secure a search warrant of Turyna's home.

"He's got a gun," the woman -- her face and head bloodied -- told Spurling and his wife, who were walking their dog, according to the affidavit.

"She's OK, she just fell down," Turyna told the Spurlings before Spurling's wife and the woman began to walk way. Turyna then pulled a gun and opened fire and Spurling tackled him, threw the gun out of reach and held Turyna to the ground until police arrived, according to the affidavit.

Accompanied by a St. Charles police officer, Turyna's wife sat in the back row of the courtroom Friday, her right arm in a sling, her left wrist in a brace, and her right eye still black and blue.

She filed for divorce May 10 after 26 years of marriage, citing "irreconcilable differences," court records show. Turyna did not look at her as he left the courtroom to confer with his attorney.

Earlier this month, Turyna posted $50,000 of his $500,000 bail and was released from Kane County jail. He must wear a GPS device and cannot go near his residence, nor the Elmhurst residence and St. Charles gym where his daughter works.

Turyna's wife obtained a two-year order of protection shortly after the May 3 episode; their daughter was added to the order of protection Friday.

If convicted, Turyna faces a minimum 26-year prison sentence. The attempted murder charge carries a six- to 30-year prison term, and the mandatory prison term for using a firearm during the offense is 20 years.

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