Third person accused of murdering California psychiatrist appears in court

A man who is charged in the murder of a 71-year-old California psychologist appeared in Las Vegas court this week. 

Jon Kennison, 27, has been charged with open murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Dr Thomas Burchard. 

Kennison’s Playboy model girlfriend Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25, and Diana Pena, 30, are facing the same charges. 

Kennison held a piece paper that read ‘Love U lil Mama’ during his court appearance on Friday morning, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Jon Kennison, 27, has been charged with open murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Dr Thomas Burchard. He held a sign in court that said 'Love U Lil' Mama'

Jon Kennison, 27, has been charged with open murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Dr Thomas Burchard. He held a sign in court that said 'Love U Lil' Mama'

Jon Kennison, 27, has been charged with open murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Dr Thomas Burchard. He held a sign in court that said ‘Love U Lil’ Mama’ 

Kennison's Playboy model girlfriend Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25, (pictured) has also been charged in the death of the California psychiatrist

Kennison's Playboy model girlfriend Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25, (pictured) has also been charged in the death of the California psychiatrist

Dr Thomas Kirk Burchard

Dr Thomas Kirk Burchard

Kennison’s Playboy model girlfriend Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25, (left) has also been charged in the death of the California psychiatrist (right)  

Authorities believe that Turner, Kennison, and Pena abandoned the Las Vegas home they were sharing after Burchard was murdered. 

Burchard’s body was found rotting in the trunk of Turner’s two-door Mercedes-Benz coupe, which was found abandoned off a dirt road in Las Vegas on March 7. 

The psychiatrist had paid rent for the trio’s Las Vegas home through March. He previously paid rent for Turner’s home in California. 

Investigators found blood throughout a bedroom in the Las Vegas home and said there was evidence of attempts to try and clean it up, according to KSBW

Diana Pena, 30, is facing the same charges as Kennison and Turner. She appeared in court on Tuesday (pictured)

Diana Pena, 30, is facing the same charges as Kennison and Turner. She appeared in court on Tuesday (pictured)

Diana Pena, 30, is facing the same charges as Kennison and Turner. She appeared in court on Tuesday (pictured) 

Authorities believe that Turner, Kennison, and Pena abandoned the Las Vegas home they were sharing after Burchard was murdered

Authorities believe that Turner, Kennison, and Pena abandoned the Las Vegas home they were sharing after Burchard was murdered

Authorities believe that Turner, Kennison, and Pena abandoned the Las Vegas home they were sharing after Burchard was murdered

Authorities said that cell phone records show that the trio left the house and checked into the Rio Hotel and Casino. Pena is pictured in court on Tuesday

Authorities said that cell phone records show that the trio left the house and checked into the Rio Hotel and Casino. Pena is pictured in court on Tuesday

Authorities said that cell phone records show that the trio left the house and checked into the Rio Hotel and Casino. Pena is pictured in court on Tuesday 

They also discovered a door that had been broken, with blood on each half, that appeared to be the result of a fight. 

Authorities said that cell phone records show the trio left the house and checked into the Rio Hotel and Casino. 

Last week Turner faced court in Stockton, where she is being held pending her extradition to Nevada following her arrest last month.  

Turner’s extradition was delayed and her next court appearance was scheduled for April 16. She is expected to face murder and conspiracy charges back in Las Vegas.

Pena was taken into custody on Saturday after turning herself into police.  

Turner, 25, faced court in Stockton, California on Monday where she is being held pending her extradition to Nevada after being arrested last month over Burchard's murder

Turner, 25, faced court in Stockton, California on Monday where she is being held pending her extradition to Nevada after being arrested last month over Burchard's murder

Turner, 25, faced court in Stockton, California on Monday where she is being held pending her extradition to Nevada after being arrested last month over Burchard’s murder

Pena was taken into custody on Saturday after turning herself into police

Pena was taken into custody on Saturday after turning herself into police

Kennison was arrested on Wednesday

Kennison was arrested on Wednesday

Pena was taken into custody on Saturday after turning herself into police. Kennison was arrested on Wednesday 

Judy Earp, Burchard’s longtime girlfriend, said the psychiatrist had given Turner roughly $300,000 during the time they knew each other. 

Earp said that Burchard had signed a lease for a home in Salinas, California where Turner had lived for ‘about a year’ with her mother and children. 

She said the model, who appeared in Playboy Italia and Maxim, had told Burchard that she couldn’t qualify for a lease because she had ‘bad credit’. 

‘He helped a lot of people,’ Earp told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ‘She had this really sad story. She took the $300,000. I’ll just leave it at that.’ 

Burchard paid Turner’s rent for months but stopped after the ‘lease was up’. 

Turner's extradition was delayed and her next court appearance was scheduled for April 16

Turner's extradition was delayed and her next court appearance was scheduled for April 16

She is expected to face murder and conspiracy charges back in Las Vegas

She is expected to face murder and conspiracy charges back in Las Vegas

Turner’s extradition was delayed and her next court appearance was scheduled for April 16. She is expected to face murder and conspiracy charges back in Las Vegas

Police said Burchard had been paying the March rent on Turner's home but is believed to have stopped in the months before he was murdered. Turner is pictured above attending a 'Babes In Toyland' event in Hollywood in March 2018

Police said Burchard had been paying the March rent on Turner's home but is believed to have stopped in the months before he was murdered. Turner is pictured above attending a 'Babes In Toyland' event in Hollywood in March 2018

Police said Burchard had been paying the March rent on Turner’s home but is believed to have stopped in the months before he was murdered. Turner is pictured above attending a ‘Babes In Toyland’ event in Hollywood in March 2018

‘He told her several months before that he was not going to continue,’ Earp said. ‘He actually paid her money to leave.’

Turner was eventually evicted from the home in Salinas and moved to Las Vegas.

Police said Burchard’s girlfriend reported the semi-retired child psychiatrist missing days after he sent a March 2 text message to her from Las Vegas saying he planned to go to Salinas two days later. 

Sources have previously said Burchard and Turner met online

Sources have previously said Burchard and Turner met online

Sources have previously said Burchard and Turner met online 

Earp told police she believed Turner, was involved in Burchard’s disappearance. 

Police found the rented home unlocked but no one there, according to court documents, and a neighbor reported seeing Burchard with Turner.

In the Mercedes, investigators recovered Burchard’s vest and house keys; collected fingerprint and possible DNA evidence; noted apparent blood residue on seats and blue latex gloves; and found cleaning supplies.

‘Blood evidence in the back seat suggested Burchard was attacked in the vehicle,’ police said in Turner’s arrest warrant application.

The Clark County coroner ruled the case a homicide, finding that Burchard was struck multiple times in the head with an unidentified object that left what police called a unique pattern. 

Burchard also bore what police said were defensive wounds. 

Earp would not elaborate on how Turner and Burchard knew each other, only saying she did not believe the model was one of his patients. 

Sources have previously said Burchard and Turner met online.  

Burchard

Burchard

Burchard's longtime girlfriend Judy Earp

Burchard's longtime girlfriend Judy Earp

Judy Earp (right), Burchard’s longtime girlfriend, said the psychiatrist had given Turner roughly $300,000 during the time they knew each other 

Earp said that Burchard had signed a lease for a home in Salinas, California where Turner had lived for 'about a year' with her mother (pictured together) and children

Earp said that Burchard had signed a lease for a home in Salinas, California where Turner had lived for 'about a year' with her mother (pictured together) and children

Earp said that Burchard had signed a lease for a home in Salinas, California where Turner had lived for ‘about a year’ with her mother (pictured together) and children

Turner was eventually evicted from the home in Salinas and then moved to Las Vegas

Turner was eventually evicted from the home in Salinas and then moved to Las Vegas

Turner was eventually evicted from the home in Salinas and then moved to Las Vegas

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