Woman pleads to manslaughter in death of Templeton man

February 18, 2024

                                                                            Brandi Turner


A San Luis Obispo County woman pleaded no contest on Friday to voluntary manslaughter in the death of a Templeton man who died from a fentanyl overdose at the county’s safe parking area.

On Oct. 27, 2022, the body of 31-year-old Quinn Hall was discovered behind the old county animal services building on Oklahoma Avenue. He died of a fentanyl overdose shortly after Brandi Turner sold him fentanyl.

During her trial, Turner admitted she sold Hall fentanyl on Oct. 26, 2022.

Last month, jurors convicted Turner, 50, of three drug offenses related to Hall’s death. However, jurors split 7-5 in favor of guilt on the charge of murder, prompting Judge Barry LaBarbera to declare a mistrial.

LaBarbera told the jury it could consider whether Turner is guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but only if jurors found the defendant not guilty of murder. Facing another trial, Turner pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on Friday.

She now faces a maximum sentence of up to 12 years in prison. She is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on March 29.


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More tragic fallout from “Bruce’s Boondoggle.” Gibson’s poor governance usually results in wasted taxpayer dollars on fanciful projects. But in the case, his headlong push to create the ill fated Oklahoma Safe Parking compound had deadly results.

After more than two years, there are no working county alternatives for the homeless. Every city has shinning example of a project that shows real progress. The County only has the embarrassments of the Prado Shelter and Oklahoma Safe Parking to show for the tens of $ millions spent. The county still can’t find a site to house 80 homeless from an $18 million grant from the state. If you live near Ortiz-Legg’s personal residence, it’s likely that is where the shelter will sit…given the county’s track record hide your valuables and keep your kids inside.