Man Charged With Missing Temple University Student's Death Says He 'Didn't Cause Any Harm' To Her

The 22-year-old's body was found on his grandmother's property. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The suspect in the death of a Temple University student is maintaining his innocence.

As CBS Newsreports29-year-old Joshua Hupperterz said, through his lawyer on Wednesday, that he "didn't cause any harm" to the victim, 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh.

Burleigh vanished at the end of August and was last seen on surveillance video leaving a bar with the suspect. Hupperterz is a former Temple student. Philadelphia police said that Hupperterz openly told university police that he "had been so drunk when he left the bar he had no recollection of who he had been with."

After a search, Burleigh's body was eventually found on lakefront property that is owned by Hupperterz’s grandmother. The autopsy exam determined that the junior (who just transferred to Temple University) was killed by a combination of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

As we previously reported, police noticed scratches on the suspect's face and cuts on his hands when he was interviewed. He claimed to have been hurt after he injured his hand on a broken bowl. 

Police allegedly also found blood—as well as copious amounts of drugs and cash—in the suspect's Philadelphia home. 

A neighbor reportedly heard screams coming from Hupperterz’s home around 4 am on Thursday. Authorities believe Burleigh was killed there and her body then transported to the home of Hupperterz’s mother and finally his grandmother, some 140 miles from the crime scene.

Hupperterz was initially due in court for a preliminary hearing. The case has been continued until late November.

[Photo: Philadelphia Police]

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