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Melbourne man charged with murder of American wife Mildura

  • Melbourne man charged with murdering his wife after meeting her on Facebook
  • Steven Samaras, 49, was charged with the murder of his wife Tamara Turner, 49
  • Ms Turner's dead body was found dumped on a hospital bench in June last year
  • Police said the grandmother's injuries were consistent with a violent assault

By Kate Darvall For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 00:51 EST, 13 November 2017 | Updated: 04:44 EST, 13 November 2017

A Melbourne man has been charged with the murder of his American wife who he became engaged to just two weeks after meeting on Facebook.

Steven Samaras, 49, was charged with the murder of Tamara Turner, 49, after she was found dead outside the Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria's far north in June last year.

Police say Ms Turner was already dead when she was found dumped on a bench outside the hospital after suffering injuries consistent with violent assault, The Age reported. 

Steven Samaras, 49, (pictured) was charged with the murder of Tamara Turner, 49, after she was found dead outside the Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria's far north in June last year
Steven Samaras, 49, (pictured) was charged with the murder of Tamara Turner, 49, after she was found dead outside the Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria's far north in June last year

Steven Samaras, 49, (pictured) was charged with the murder of Tamara Turner, 49, after she was found dead outside the Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria's far north in June last year

Mother-of-two and grandmother-of-six Tamara Turner (pictured) met her alleged murderer on Facebook before she moved to Australia to be with him at the end of 2015
Mother-of-two and grandmother-of-six Tamara Turner (pictured) met her alleged murderer on Facebook before she moved to Australia to be with him at the end of 2015

Mother-of-two and grandmother-of-six Tamara Turner (pictured) met her alleged murderer on Facebook before she moved to Australia to be with him at the end of 2015

The mother-of-two and grandmother-of-six met her alleged murderer on Facebook before she moved to Australia to be with him at the end of 2015.

Ms Turner's son Chuck Smith said the pair became engaged to each other in February 2016, two weeks after they met online.

He said they quickly became 'obsessed' with each other.

'We were all concerned about it,' Mr Smith told The Age.

'But me and my sister wanted her to be happy. I mean, she was a 48-year-old woman, you got to do what makes you happy.'

Mr Samaras and Ms Turner (pictured together) reportedly became engaged to each other two weeks after they met online 
Mr Samaras and Ms Turner (pictured together) reportedly became engaged to each other two weeks after they met online 

Mr Samaras and Ms Turner (pictured together) reportedly became engaged to each other two weeks after they met online 

Mr Samaras was arrested by the police the day after his wife was found dead outside the hospital, but he was only charged with murder later on. 

In the hours after Ms Turner's death, Mr Samaras, also known as Steven Kallouf, posted a string of messages on Facebook grieving his wife.

'Fly high with the angels, you're taken from me in this life gorgeous, but I will be with you in the next life,' he said.

In another emotional post Mr Samaras said his wife died in his arms.

'U didn't want to lose me and I lost you ... Passing away in my arms hurt me, I don't know what to say to the kids either,' he said. 

'R.I.P my love' Mr Samaras posted to his Facebook page after his wife Ms Turner was found dead
'R.I.P my love' Mr Samaras posted to his Facebook page after his wife Ms Turner was found dead

'R.I.P my love' Mr Samaras posted to his Facebook page after his wife Ms Turner was found dead

In the hours after Ms Turner's (pictured) death, Mr Samaras, also known as Steven Kallouf, posted a string of messages on Facebook grieving his wife
In the hours after Ms Turner's (pictured) death, Mr Samaras, also known as Steven Kallouf, posted a string of messages on Facebook grieving his wife

In the hours after Ms Turner's (pictured) death, Mr Samaras, also known as Steven Kallouf, posted a string of messages on Facebook grieving his wife

'RIP my beautiful girl Tamara, thank you for all we shared, you will never be forgotten by me in this life and the next,' Mr Samaras posted online 
'RIP my beautiful girl Tamara, thank you for all we shared, you will never be forgotten by me in this life and the next,' Mr Samaras posted online 

'RIP my beautiful girl Tamara, thank you for all we shared, you will never be forgotten by me in this life and the next,' Mr Samaras posted online 

Six months before Ms Turner's death, she was accused of importing guns into Australia.

She was charged with smuggling a firearm and electric device into Melbourne, The Age reported.

Mr Samaras is expected to face court in February charged with Ms Turner's murder.  

'Tamara R.I.P I'll be with you soon my love,' Mr Samaras posted online after his wife was found dead in Mildura, Victoria's far north last year 
'Tamara R.I.P I'll be with you soon my love,' Mr Samaras posted online after his wife was found dead in Mildura, Victoria's far north last year 

'Tamara R.I.P I'll be with you soon my love,' Mr Samaras posted online after his wife was found dead in Mildura, Victoria's far north last year 

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