LAS VEGAS — A former mannequin charged within the beating demise of a California physician whose physique was present in a automotive trunk exterior Las Vegas has accepted a plea settlement.
Kelsey Turner, now 29, entered an Alford plea Wednesday on a cost of second-degree homicide within the 2019 killing of 71-year-old psychiatrist Thomas Kirk Burchard, courtroom data present, in accordance with NBC affiliate KSNV of Las Vegas.
As a substitute of pleading responsible, Turner acknowledged there’s sufficient proof for a conviction. In change, she will probably be eligible for parole in 10 years.
Turner might obtain anyplace from 10 to 25 years in jail. Her sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10.
Prosecutors say Turner, her boyfriend and their roommate have been concerned in Burchard’s demise.
Diana Pena, the roommate, testified Turner was romantically concerned with Burchard and was upset by pictures and messages saved on his cellphone. Pena stated Jon Kennison, the boyfriend, hit the sufferer with a bat. As a substitute of taking him to the hospital, Turner informed Kennison to hit him once more.
Burchard’s physique and a bloodied bat have been present in Turner’s deserted Mercedes-Benz close to Lake Mead.
Investigators have been in a position to find Turner at her residence, which data confirmed Burchard paid her lease.
Kennison was sentenced to between 18 and 45 years in jail.
Pena pleaded responsible to a decreased accent cost in change for testifying.