Playboy Bunny jailed after psychiatrist beaten to death and left to rot in boot

A former Playboy Bunny was jailed for at least 10 years after a psychiatrist was beaten to death and left rotting in a car boot.

Kelsey Turner was handed a prison sentence between 10 and 25 years in a Clark County, Nevada, courtroom for her role in the 2019 death of Dr. Thomas Burchard, after he had tried to break off their relationship and stop paying her bills.

Prosecutors said the model, who reportedly appeared in Playboy Italia and Maxim, was said to have been in an intimate and “transactional” relationship with the 71-year-old doctor at the time of his death, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Turner, 29, took a plea deal for the the Las Vegas murder of the California psychiatrist, which saw his body stuffed into her car in March 2019.

Burchard’s bludgeoned body was found in March 2019 in the trunk of her Mercedes-Benz, which was abandoned near Lake Mead National Recreation Area outside Las Vegas.

Turner, who at the time was 25, and her then-boyfriend, Jon Kennison, beat Thomas to death after he stopped paying for the rent of the home where she lived, according to local news outlet KTNV.

Kennison was sentenced in July to 18 to 45 years in prison after entering a guilty plea, and the couple’s roommate Diana Pena pleaded guilty to accessory to murder, but provided prosecutors with key evidence, KLAS reported.

“There’s certainly room for a lot of salacious speculation as to what the nature of the relationship was,” Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Pamela Weckerly said in court at the sentencing hearing, according to the Review-Journal.

“I think the facts of this case demonstrate, though, that with regards to Ms. Turner, that this was a transactional relationship, to whatever extent.

“For her part, she was content to leave someone she knew for a number of years, who supported her and her child financially for a number of years, to rot in the back of the car in the desert that he paid for."

Under the deal with prosecutors, Turner will be eligible for parole in 10 years.

Turner’s defence lawyer told the newspaper she was glad her client still had a chance of a life after prison.

“I do wholeheartedly disagree with the state’s recitation of the facts,” chief deputy special public defender Ashley Sisolak said in a statement Tuesday.

“I am, however, glad that Kelsey will have a chance at rebuilding her life moving forward. I am also grateful for the closure for all parties.”


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