Police Believe Playboy Model Accused Of Killing Psychiatrist Had Accomplices

71-year-old child psychiatrist Thomas Burchard's body was found in the trunk of an abandoned car in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
Kelsey Turner

A woman arrested for her alleged role in the death of a psychiatrist may have had help with the grisly killing, and one of them is still at large, according to new reports.

Kelsey Turner, a 25-year-old model who has appeared in Playboy and Maxim, was arrested on March 21, two weeks after the body of 71-year-old child psychiatrist Thomas Burchard was found in the trunk of an abandoned car in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 7. Police ruled his death a homicide and named Turner, a woman whose rent Burchard had a history of paying, as a suspect in the case.

She has been charged with murder, but new reports suggest that she may not have been working alone.

Jon Logan Kennison, Turner’s boyfriend, and Diana Pena, Turner’s roommate, are also considered suspects in the case, The Californian reports, citing an arrest warrant filed on April 5. Pena was arrested on Saturday and charged with conspiracy of murder and open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas, according to Las Vegas’ KLAS.

Burchard allegedly paid March’s rent for the home that Turner lived in with Kennison, Pena, and another man who moved out following an argument in the beginning of the month, Detective Mitchell Dosch with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department wrote in a warrant obtained by The Californian.

Police said that while Burchard was visiting Turner's home on March 2, an inebriated woman came to the home and got into an argument with Turner, at which point Burchard reportedly took the unnamed woman for a drive around the block in an effort to diffuse the situation, The Californian reports. Turner and Burchard had an intimate relationship, and she was reportedly worried that the inebriated woman would reveal to Burchard her relationship with Kennison.

Burchard was reported missing after his girlfriend, Judy Earp, noted that he did not return to California on March 4, as expected, and called the police, KLAS reports.

His body was found on March 7, but police believe that he died sometime on March 3, with an autopsy revealing that he’d been bludgeoned to death with a weapon that left distinguishable marks, The Californian reports, citing the warrant.

Following Burchard’s death, Turner, Kennison, and Pena moved out of the home that Burchard paid rent for and fled the area, police reportedly stated in the warrant, citing phone records as evidence, according to The Californian.

A man hired to clean Turner’s home on March 4 told authorities that that she asked him to repair a door that was hanging off its hinges — and that he observed looked to have been broken during a fight — and clean up stains that he thought were red wine, the warrant reportedly states. Police were later able to find what appeared to be blood throughout the home and noted that the garage “reeked” of what smelled like ammonia, which Turner attributed to a cat, according to The Californian’s report.

Police found more evidence — including an article of Burchard’s clothing, blood, and Pena’s work ID — in the car in which Burchard’s body was found, KLAS reports.

Burchard previously paid rent for the home Turner lived in in Salinas, California with her mother and child for nearly a year; Turner is believed to have moved to Las Vegas after Burchard stopped paying rent at the California home, Las Vegas outlet KSBW reports.

Turner, who is currently pregnant, was arrested in Stockton California but has been extradited to Las Vegas, where she was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on April 12, KLAS reports. She entered a not guilty plea on Saturday, according to KSBW.

Following Turner’s April arrest, Kennison agreed to meet with detectives but reportedly never showed up, according to The Californian. He is still at large.

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