A 29-year-old model accused of murdering a California psychiatrist and stuffing his body in the car’s trunk after he stopped paying her rent has been jailed.
Turner, who has posed for both Playboy and Maxim has been sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.
According to reports, Turner had two months ago confessed to the murder of Burchard. Turner and then boyfriend Jon Kennison arrested in 2019 for the crime were said to have bludgeoned Burchard to death with a bat on a deserted road in Nevada.
Investigators said that Turner and Burchard at some point before his death began dating, and entered an arrangement where the psychiatrist was paying her rent for at least a year.
Turner and then-boyfriend Jon Kennison were arrested following the shocking discovery, with the former eventually entering an Alford plea in November.
An Alford plea refers to a guilty plea in which a defendant maintains their innocence but admits the prosecution’s evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict.
The plea deal had allowed Turner to skip trial, while also receiving a slighter sentence for the second-degree murder charge. She has the right to appeal the ruling.
Turner, maintains her innocence of the heinous murder but accepts the punishment of a guilty verdict for the sole second-degree murder charge.
Last year, Kennison pleaded guilty to the same charge, admitting to prosecutors that he bludgeoned Burchard to death with a baseball bat and helped Turner hide the doctor’s corpse in Turner’s blue Mercedes-Benz C300.
After more than a year of insisting on his and Turner’s innocence, the suspect was sentenced to 18 to 45 years in prison.
Prosecutors said that the strange love triangle began with a May-December relationship between Turner and Burchard, a well-known, semiretired child psychiatrist in California.
Investigators said Turner and Burchard at some point before his death began dating, and entered an arrangement where the child psychiatrist was paying her rent for at least a year.
During that time, prosecutors said the former supermodel amassed a small fortune of more than $300,000 from her much older beneficiary, who was also paying the $3,200 monthly rent for her and her other beau’s posh Las Vegas apartment.
However, in November of 2019, the payments suddenly stopped, and Burchard traveled from California to Vegas to tell Turner that he could no longer foot the bill, which led to a physical altercation on a desert road in rural Nevada.
Turner and her then-boyfriend allegedly bludgeoned Burchard to death with a bat, and stuffed his body into the trunk of Turner’s luxury vehicle.
udy Earp, Burchard’s other girlfriend of 17 years, said her then-partner had been providing for the model over the course of several years, and described Turner ‘as evil as Charles Manson’ in a brief interview to Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV.
‘The last conversation I had with him, he had to go to Las Vegas to check things out because she was a compulsive liar,’ the grieving woman said back in 2019.
When Buchard failed to get off a flight returning from Las Vegas in March 2019. Days later, he was found inside the trunk of Turner’s abandoned car.
The car, found on Silver State Route 147, was reported to Las Vegas police after a man driving through the area with his children saw that it was parked alone, with one of its windows shattered by a rock.
As investigators inventoried the car further, however, the psychiatrist’s body-savaged body was discovered, stuffed inside the trunk. At the time, police revealed to the public that Burchard had been bludgeoned to death by some kind of a blunt instrument.
Turner and Kennison were quickly tracked down and within days arrested, paving the way for the recently wrapped legal proceedings.
In a jailhouse interview with Access Hollywood prior to his conviction last year, Kennison denied their involvement in the murder and insisted that the victim was not his girlfriend’s ‘sugar daddy.’
Maintaining his and Turner’s innocence, the convicted killer argued ‘we’re not monsters, we didn’t do it,’ and instead pointed a finger of blame at his girlfriend’s former housemate, Diana Pena.