State. Sen. Bennie Turner, D-West Point, passed away today, Senate officials said.
Turner, 64, an attorney, served in the seat representing all of Clay and parts of Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties since 1992. He was current chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, vice chairman of judiciary, and former chairman of judiciary.
He was past president of the Clay County Bar Association, served four terms as Clay County prosecutor and was past president of the Magnolia Bar Foundation.
He was also a highly respected public servant.