A former Playboy model accused of killing an elderly psychiatrist, who reportedly paid her rent and gave her money, appeared in a California court Monday to face murder and conspiracy charges.
ABC 13 reports that Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25, is accused of murdering 71-year-old Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard. The renowned psychiatrist’s body was found last month in Las Vegas, decomposing in the trunk of Turner’s blue Mercedes Benz. The car had been abandoned on a dirt road, according to police.
Turner’s extradition back to Las Vegas was delayed because she’s pregnant, court officials reportedly said. She’s currently being held in a Stockton jail but is expected to be extradited within the coming days.
Two other suspects, identified as Jon Logan Kennison and Diana Nicole Pena, have been charged with conspiring with Turner to commit murder and open murder. Authorities are currently searching for the pair, according to The Mercury News.
According to Burchard’s girlfriend, Judy Earp, the psychiatrist gave Turner money, around $300,000, during the time pair knew each other. She also said the man put a residential lease in his name for a home for Salinas, California, for Turner, after Turner allegedly claimed her credit was bad and she couldn’t get a home in her own name.
When Turner’s lease ended last month, the psychiatrist reportedly stopped paying her rent.
“He told her several months before that he was not going to continue,” Earp said. “He actually paid her money to leave.”
Earp also said that Burchard was extremely generous and helped numerous other people throughout many years, which ultimately led to his former wife divorcing him in 2001, according to The Washington Post.
The Clark County coroner said Burchard was hit numerous times in the head and died from blunt force trauma. The murder weapon, an unknown object, left a “unique pattern,” according to police.
“Blood evidence in the back seat suggested Burchard was attacked in the vehicle,” an arrest warrant read.
It’s unclear what the murder motive. Earp said she didn’t think Turner was a patient of his.
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