The boyfriend of former Playboy model Kelsey Turner who has been charged with bludgeoning to death her elderly benefactor has denied their involvement in the murder and insisted that the victim was not his girlfriend’s ‘sugar daddy.’
Logan Kennison sat down for a jailhouse interview with Access Hollywood, two years after his arrest on charges of conspiracy to commit murder for the death of 71-year-old psychiatrist Thomas Burchard.
The pair are accused of beating Burchard to death with a baseball bat in Las Vegas, before stuffing his body into the trunk of Turner’s Mercedes Benz on a desert road in rural Nevada.
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Murder suspect Logan Kennison said in a jailhouse interview that he and his girlfriend, former Playboy model Kelsey Turner did not kill a psychiatrist in Las Vegas in 2019
Dr Thomas Bruchard’s (left) decomposing body was discovered in the trunk of Turner’s (right) car on March 7, 2019, in Nevada
During the interview, Kennison maintained his and Turner’s innocence, saying’ we’re not monsters, we didn’t do it,’ and instead pointed a finger of blame at his girlfriend’s former housemate.
Kennison confirmed that prior to his death, Bruchard had been paying for Turner’s house, car and bills, but denied he was her ‘sugar daddy.’
‘I think he was just a really good friend. He had a good heart,’ Kennison said.
Judy Earp, Bruchard’s fiancée and his life partner of 17 years, told Access Hollywood that she had raised concerns with him that Turner and other cash-strapped young women may have been taken advantage of him, but she said he told her: ‘that’s ok, I can afford it.’
Kennison and Turner have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit murder
Kennison denied claims that Bruchard had been Turner’s sugar daddy, but admitted that the elderly man had been paying her rent and bills
Bruchard’s fiancée, Judy Earp (left), said the man had given Turner around $300,000 over the years. She said prior to his death, he traveled to Las Vegas to tell the model he was cutting her off financially
According to Earp, Bruchard had given Turner some $300,000 over the years, but just before his death in March 2019, he traveled to Las Vegas to tell the former Playmate that he would no longer pay for her lifestyle.
On or around March 2, 2019, Bruchard attended a party at the home of Turner and her boyfriend. According to Kennison, at some point during the evening, the semi-retired child psychiatrist got into an argument with their housemate, Diana Pena.
Kennison claimed that he and Turner left the home out on foot of fear that their neighbors would call the police to report a noise complaint.
When asked how Bruchard’s decomposing corpse ended up in the trunk of Turner’s car, he replied: ‘Diana had something to do with it.’
The jailed suspect further added that ‘it sounds like’ it was Pena killed the psychiatrist.
Kennison pointed a finger of blame at Turner’s housemate, Diana Pena (left and right), implying that she killed Bruchard. Pena testified against the couple before the Grand Jury
Pena pleaded guilty to accessory to a murder and will testify against Kennison and Turner at trial
In her testimony to the Grand Jury, Pena said it was Kennison who chased Bruchard with a baseball bat after the doctor got into an argument with Turner.
Pena claimed to have seen Bruchard emerge with a bruise on his head and demand medical attention. As the victim waiting in the car to be taken to the hospital, the housemate said Kennison and Turner instructed her to clean up the blood in the apartment.
Pena ultimately pleaded guilty to accessory to murder in connection with Bruchard’s death and will testify against Kennison and Turner, who could face up to a life in prison, if convicted.
The 71-year-old man’s body was found in the trunk of the Mercedes on March 7. An autopsy determined that he died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Kennison vehemently insisted that he did not hurt or harm Bruchard. He said of himself and Turner: ‘we’re not monsters’
Turner is scheduled to go on trial in Nevada in July. If convicted, she could face up to a life in prison
In the abandoned vehicle, investigators recovered Burchard’s vest and house keys; collected fingerprint and possible DNA evidence; noted apparent blood spatter 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 model was arrested March 21, 2019, in Stockton, California. Kennison was arrested April 17 in Las Vegas.
When asked directly during the jailhouse interview whether he killed Bruchard, Kennison said: ‘no.’
He added: ‘I would never hurt him. I would never harm him. I never did anything to him. When I left, he was perfectly fine.’
Both Kennison and Turner have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. The ex-model is scheduled to go on trial in July.