Salinas, California: Two more people have been accused in the slaying of Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard, a California psychiatrist who was found bludgeoned to death last month in a car trunk outside Las Vegas, court records show.
Jon Logan Kennison and Diana Nicole Pena are facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder with the use of a deadly weapon, according to cases filed Friday at the Las Vegas Justice Court.
Kelsey Turner, 25, was arrested last month in Stockton on suspicion of killing Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard, 71, a psychiatrist from Salinas who worked at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Burchard’s body was found March 7 in the trunk of a 2017 Mercedes-Benz C300, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has said.
Turner is awaiting extradition to Las Vegas.
Police did not immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday afternoon.
Court records show the Kennison and Pena cases were consolidated with Turner’s case Friday and arrest warrants were issued. Neither is listed as being in custody in the Clark County, Nevada, Detention Center or the San Joaquin County Jail, as of Saturday afternoon.
Burchard’s longtime girlfriend Judy Earp has alleged that Turner, a model who has posed for Playboy’s website as well as magazines, lured Burchard to Las Vegas.
Burchard and Turner had known each other for about two years, and Burchard had paid Turner’s rent, her family’s rent and other payments, to the tune of at least $300,000, Earp has said.
In a Las Vegas police report, officers say evidence suggests Burchard was attacked in the Mercedes and then his body moved into the trunk of the car. It was left about 2 miles down a dirt road east of Las Vegas, officers have said.
Image: Dr. Thomas Burchard and Kelsey Turner (Photo: Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office)