This week, a former Playboy model who was charged with the second-degree murder of a 71-year-old doctor who was allegedly helping her pay the bills before being beaten to death in Las Vegas entered a guilty plea.
According to records from the Clark County District Court, Kelsey Turner, 29, was detained and charged with murder and conspiracy to murder Thomas Burchard of Salinas, California, in April 2019.
According to court documents, Kelsey Turner pleaded guilty to Alford on Wednesday. Turner maintained her innocence but pled guilty to a charge of second-degree murder as part of an agreement negotiated between the lawyers involved in the case.
According to Las Vegas police, Burchard travelled to Las Vegas from California, where Turner was living at the time, to break up with her after a two-year relationship in which he reportedly gave her an allowance that included paying her rent, according to The Californian, a publication affiliated with the USA TODAY Network.
According to the publication, Burchard was subsequently discovered dead in the trunk of a broken-down Mercedes-Benz. After Burchard’s longterm girlfriend reported him missing, authorities discovered the automobile on a desert road close to Lake Mead and determined that he had died from blunt force injuries to the head.
Judy Earp, Burchard’s girlfriend, told The Californian that she thought Kelsey Turner could be involved and that her boyfriend had paid the younger lady at least $300,000 over the previous two years, according to the warrant.
Earp said that despite not having personally met the model, Burchard and Turner had been friends for two years.
Earp remarked that he “was always assisting others.” “You know, everybody with a tragic tale. Some individuals benefited from that.”
According to court documents, Diana Pena, another co-defendant in the case, entered a plea of guilty to accessory to murder in June 2019.
The couple’s roommate Pena reportedly told a grand jury that she saw Kennison smash a baseball bat at Burchard, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
After Burchard was hit with the bat, Turner and Kennison intended to take him to the hospital, according to the outlet. However, Turner later demanded that Kennison “knock Thomas out,” according to Pena’s testimony.
In June, Kennison entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to kill, and he was given a sentence of up to 45 years in prison.
According to court documents, Kelsey Turner will get a sentencing on the offence in January.
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