Casino bartender Diana Nicole Pena, 30 (photo), and ex-model Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25, were booked in prison in Las Vegas during the weekend in the March murder of Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard, 71
Two female housemates, including a former Playboy model, ended up in jail for the murder of a psychiatrist who had paid their rent, while the model's friend is still in general.
Ex-model Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25, who is reportedly pregnant, and casino bartender Diana Nicole Pena, 30, were booked in prison in Las Vegas the weekend before Dr. Murder's murder. Thomas Kirk Burchard, 71 in March.
Turner's & # 39; s friend, 27-year-old Jon Logan Kennison, remains free. All three have been accused of murder and conspiracy to murder.
Turner was arrested on March 21 in Stockton, California while she was with her child and Kennison, but he was not considered a suspect at the time and has been missing since.
Kennison and Pena were added to the murder complaint on April 5, the Metropolitan Police Department Det. Mitchell Dosch wrote in an edited authorization.
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Turner's & # 39; s friend, 27-year-old Jon Logan Kennison, remains free. All three have been accused of murder and conspiracy to murder
Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard (left) thinks he met Turner (right) online and gave the former model about two $ 300,000 over the course of two years, the psychiatrist's girlfriend said.
Turner was extradited to Nevada on Saturday. Kennison had agreed to meet with investigators at some point, but never returned.
Pena was arrested on Saturday and appeared in the courtroom on Sunday.
She will receive a case status check on Tuesday and both her and Turner have scheduled preliminary hearings in the case on June 3.
Burchard & # 39; s body was found rotten in the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz C300 in a desert outside of Las Vegas on March 21.
Earp said 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
The Clark County coroner ruled the matter like a murder and discovered that Burchard was beaten several times in the head with an unknown object that the police called a unique pattern.
Burchard also bored what police called defensive wounds.
Police say the car was registered with Turner and that the fingerprints of all three suspects were found in the vehicle. A map that belonged to Pena from her bartending job at Caesar & # 39; s Palace could also be found in the car.
Burchard, a psychiatrist from Salinas, California, had known Turner for about two years and had given her about $ 300,000 at the time, told doctor's old friend Judy Earp to The Californian.
Earp said that Burchard had previously signed a lease for a home in Salinas, where Turner had lived with her mother and children before moving to Las Vegas in 2018.
She said the model, which appeared in Playboy Italia and Maxim, had told Burchard that she was not eligible for a lease because she had a bad reputation.
In Las Vegas, Turner lived with her boyfriend Kennison and also with Pena and another male roommate, whose name was edited in legitimate affidavits and who moved after things got ugly on March 2.
Burchard & # 39; s old girlfriend Judy Earp (right) said Turner told him a & # 39; really sad story & # 39; told. She added: & # 39; She took the $ 300,000. I'll just leave it at that. & # 39;
Turner (above) appeared in Playboy Italia and Maxim and had told Burchard that she could not qualify for a lease because she had bad credit
Police say the doctor traveled from Salinas to Las Vegas on March 1 to visit the former Turner model and paid the March rent at the house she shared with the other suspects. Cops describe the doctor's relationship with the ex-model as intimate.
On March 2 a woman appeared drunk at the house and started arguing with Turner, a witness told the police.
The psychiatrist Burchard intervened and took the drunk woman on a drive around the block to cool her down.
While they were away, Turner became mad with worries that the woman would tell Burchard about her friend Kennison, a witness told the police.
Kennison would also have become restless, make violent statements and beat a man who was present while Burchard was away.
The police believe that the murder took place on the following day, March 3.
On March 4, Turner offered a man $ 20 to clean up red stains in the house, claiming it was red wine.
The man also saw that she was trying to use plague stain remover to clean up the stains. He said Turner had never paid him for his cleaning services, and the police found extensive blood tests throughout the house, seemingly concentrated around a mattress in an upstairs bedroom.
She was extradited on Saturday and her next appearance is scheduled for April 16
The roommate who had left also returned and saw a badly damaged bedroom door that Turner claimed was happening when someone locked the room.
He said Turner tried to convince him to clean the house and replace the broken door with Burchard's credit card. He collected his possessions and left.
The roommate said he also noticed that the garage smelled strongly of ammonia, which Turner blamed on the cat, and that the kitchen was full of expensive food, including two prime pieces of steak left out on the counter.
Turner, Kennison and Pena skipped the city the following days, according to the police.
They all stayed briefly at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino before finally turning off their phones when the media reported that Burchard's body had been found on March 7, police said.
Turner and Kennison fled to California. Pena & # 39; s luggage was found abandoned in her room on March 9 when she was scheduled to check out.
Pena & # 39; s employers in Caesar & # 39; s Palace told the police that they never turned up for work after March 6, and never called to explain her absence.
Burchard & # 39; s girlfriend Earp told the police that he might have suffered from early Alzheimer's.
Earp did not want to explain how Turner and Burchard knew each other, but only that she did not believe the model was one of his patients.
Sources have previously said that Burchard and Turner met online.
& # 39; He has helped many people & # 39 ;, Earp told the Las Vegas Review Journal. & # 39; She had a very sad story. She took the $ 300,000. I'll just leave it at that. & # 39;
Turner and Pena have scheduled preliminary hearings in the case on June 3. Turner was in court in Stockton, California last week before being extradited to Las Vegas during the weekend.