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UCI Student Wanted In Attempted Murder, Found Dead

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According to university officials, a 33-year-old, UC Irvine student suspected of trying to strangle his wife on Wednesday was found dead Friday afternoon in San Juan Capistrano, reports KTLA.

Gregory Scott Turner is believed to have committed suicide after a pair of domestic violence incidents this past week. Turner had been at large since his 7-year-old daughter called 911 on Wednesday after reportedly witnessing Turner trying to strangle her mother in their Verano Place apartment. The couple's 5-year-old daughter was also reportedly home during the attack.

His wife, Ketra Batiste was hospitalized and released Friday. It was the second time in a week police were dispatched to the Turner/Batiste residence because of a disturbance. On Dec. 9 Turner was arrested and released following an alleged physical altercation with his wife. According to KTLA, court records did not show criminal charges.

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Turner was an undergraduate at UCI studying criminology, and school officials report that Turner confided in a friend that he was suicidal. The couple's daughters are currently in protective custody and will be placed with their mother "in a temporary domestic violence safe house," reports KTLA.