Kelsey Turner, a former Playboy model, has agreed to a guilty plea for her role in the murder of California psychiatrist Thomas Burchard. However, Clark County records and reports indicate that she maintains her innocence.
Turner, aged 28, and Jon Logan Kennison (30), were both arrested after authorities discovered Burchard’s body in the trunk an abandoned car on State Route 147, near Lake Mead, Nevada.
According to FOX 13 Las Vegas, Burchard, aged 71, left California for Las Vegas to end their two-year marriage. He apparently gave Turner an allowance of $300,000.
Kennison and She are accused of beating Burchard using a baseball bat, and hiding Burchard’s body in Turner’s Mercedes trunk.
As part of a plea bargain, she entered into a plea agreement in Clark County District Court. She will plead guilty in second-degree murder. FOX 13 reported that her next court appearance will be Nov. 15.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Kennison pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in June and was sentenced at 18-45 years imprisonment.
Diana Pena, the roommate of the couple, pleaded guilty to accessory to murder in 2019. She testified that she saw Kennison hitting Burchard with a bat at their home on 7474 Puritan Avenue.
Pena also testified to Turner encouraging Kennison “knock Thomas out”, and she later saw Kennison covered with blood, according to the Review-Journal.
Burchard was found to have suffered blunt force injuries to the head, according to authorities. His death was ruled a murder.
Burchard, who decided not to retire at 65 to be with his patients, had spent nearly forty years in the behavioral health program at Montage Health, according the Review-Journal.
Mary Barker, a Montage Health spokesperson, said that Dr. Burchard had been a psychiatrist in the behavioral health program for nearly 40 years. He was also very helpful to many patients. “It is a sad situation. Our hearts go out for his family, friends and patients. We have notified his patients and provided grief counseling for employees.
A profile claiming to be Kelsey Turner is posted on PrisonBelles.com, a site for female prisoners who want correspondence while incarcerated. It states that she is currently in Las Vegas for a crime [she] didn’t commit.”
The profile description says, “I am looking to pen pals and support while I make my way through the trial and whatever time may be received.” “I used to be a model before all this happened, and I would love to return to the business once my release is over.”