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Joseph Frederick Karr Emeryville blacksmith and artist arrested in Austin for allegedly murdering Kelly Turner

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By Bay City News Service An Emeryville blacksmith and artist has been arrested in Austin, Texas after he allegedly killed an Alameda woman, according to police. Joseph Frederick Karr, 53, was arrested Saturday in connection with the fatal stabbing of Kelly Turner, 43, according to Austin police. Turner, an Austin native, was found dead in a home in the 5200 block of McCarty Lane on Saturday morning around 1 a.m., according to police.

There had been reports of a disturbance at the address prior to her discovery, and her body showed obvious signs of trauma, police said. Karr, who crafts items including furniture, stage and movie sets and hand-forged knives and swords at his Bohemian Blacksmith workshop, initially fled the scene in a stolen yellow 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser, police allege.

A $2 million warrant was issued for his arrest and he was located and arrested in northern Hays County later Saturday, police said. Karr’s web site describes him as a professional steel fabricator, sculptor and artist with 20 years experience.

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