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NV - Dr. Thomas Burchard, 71, found bludgeoned to death in trunk of car, Clark County, 7 Mar 2019

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  1. Niner

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    Man charged in doctor’s death appears in Las Vegas court — VIDEO

    A man charged in connection with slaying of a California doctor made his first appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom Friday morning.
    [.....]
    Held without bail.


    That's all I could read before it told me I had reached my limit....

    from court site:

    Kennison:
    04/19/2019 Initial Appearance Completed
    Advised of Charges on Criminal Complaint, Waives Reading of Criminal Complaint
    04/19/2019 Public Defender Appointed
    04/19/2019 Bail Stands - Cash or Surety
    Counts: 001; 002 - $0.00/$0.00 Total Bail
    04/19/2019 Comment
    Defense will file motion to address bail.
    04/19/2019 Minute Order - Department 09
    04/19/2019 Media Request for Electronic Coverage Granted
    04/19/2019 Minute Order - Department 09
    04/19/2019 Miscellaneous Filing
    Legal Review Form for Media Record Requests
    04/19/2019 Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information
    CBS News/48 Hours
    04/19/2019 Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information
    Las Vegas Review Journal
    04/19/2019 Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information
    KION-TV
    04/19/2019 Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information
    KSNV-TV
    04/19/2019 Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information
    Las Vegas Sun
    04/19/2019 Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information
    KTNV
    04/19/2019 Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information
    KLAS-TV
    04/19/2019 Redacted paperwork approved by Judge

    06/03/2019 Preliminary Hearing (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Bonaventure, Joseph M.)
    In custody

    link: https://lvjcpa.clarkcountynv.gov/Anonymous/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=12842937
     
  2. Via Marple

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    Nothing too interesting in the article. I will add just this:

    Neither Chief Deputy District Attorney Pam Weckerly nor Bashor offered details of Kennison’s arrest, aside to say that he was captured in Las Vegas this week.
     
  3. Niner

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    Tuesday, April 30th:
    *Status Check Hearing (see below) (@ 7:30am PT) - NV – Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard (71) (reported missing Mar. 2, 2019; found Mar. 7, 2019 in truck of car near Lake Mead Rec. Area entrance, Las Vegas) – *Kelsey Nicole Turner (25) arrested (3/21/19 in Stockton, CA) & was extradition to Nevada (4/13/19). Charged (4/5/19) with conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person). Held without bond.
    4/1/19 Update: Hearing in Stockton courtroom on 4/8.
    4/8/19 Update: San Joaquin County prosecuting attorney said that “additional information has come to light” resulting in the need for an additional court appearance on April 16 at 8:30 a.m. that will confirm her extradition to Las Vegas. Expected to be back in Vegas by 4/12. 4/13/19: Was transferred to Clark County Detention Center. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3 per court site.

    Only for *Diana Nicole Pena (30) arrest warrant issued (4/5/19), arrested (4/13/19) & charged (4/14/19) on charges of conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    4/5/19 Update: Warrants were issued for Diana Nicole Pena Friday, 4/5/19. Was still on the run as of 4/14/19.
    4/13/19 Update: Pena booked into Clark County jail. Appearance on 4/14/19 appointed attorney, no bail. Next Status hearing on 4/16 and preliminary hearing on 6/3. 4/16/19 Update: Appeared before Judge & plead not guilty. Next status check hearing is 4/30.

    *Jon Logan Kennison aka “Big Red” (26) arrest warrant issued (4/5/19), arrested (4/17/19) & charged (4/19/19) for charges of conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person). Held without bond.
    4/5/19 Update: Warrants were issued for Jon Kennison (KT’s bf). Still on the run as of 4/14/19. 4/17/19: Kennison arrested. First appearance in court on 4/19/19.
    4/19/19 Update: Advised of charges on criminal complaint, waives reading of criminal complaint; Public defender appointed. Held without bond. Defense will file motion to address bail. Media Request for Electronic Coverage Granted. Motion for Disclsure of Non-Public Information filed by: CBS News/48 Hours, Las Vegas Review Journal, KION-TV, KSNV-TV, Las Vegas Sun, KTNV & KLAS-TV. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3.
     
  4. Niner

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    Pena:

    04/30/2019 Status Check (7:30 AM) (Judicial Officer Bonaventure, Joseph M.)
    In Custody
    Result: Matter Heard
    04/30/2019 Preliminary Hearing Date Reset
    04/30/2019 Bail Stands - Cash or Surety
    Counts: 001; 002 - $0.00/$0.00 Total Bail
    04/30/2019 Minute Order - Department 09

    06/03/2019 Preliminary Hearing (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Bonaventure, Joseph M.)
    In custody
     
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    Attorney: 3 indicted in California doctor slaying in Vegas

    May 31, 2019

    "LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former magazine model, her boyfriend and their former roommate are headed toward trial in the killing of a 71-year-old California psychiatrist whose body was found outside Las Vegas, a defense attorney said Friday.

    Kelsey Nichole Turner's lawyer, Brian Smith, said his client, Jon Logan Kennison, and Diana Nicole Pena are still due Monday before a Las Vegas judge on murder and conspiracy charges in the slaying of Thomas Kirk Burchard.

    However, Smith said their preliminary hearing will be called off after a grand jury handed up an indictment moving the case to Nevada state court for trial....

    All are jailed without bail in Las Vegas."

    Attorney: 3 indicted in California doctor slaying in Vegas

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  6. Niner

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    Indictment: Playboy model, boyfriend used blunt instrument to murder psychiatrist in Vegas


    Jon Logan Kennison, 27, along with Kelsey Turner, 25, were indicted Thursday, according to an indictment filed in the District Court of Clark County. The couple now stands charged with conspiracy to commit murder and using a deadly weapon to murder a victim 60 or older.

    The filing of the grand jury indictment in District Court forced the canceling of a preliminary hearing scheduled in Las Vegas Justice Court on Monday [6/3]. A new hearing in District Court has not been set.


    I'll keep an eye out on the court site then....
    Wonder if Pena is still showing up for hearing? Will go look....
     
  7. Niner

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    Well - they all still show court hearing for 6/3.

    Guess I'll check tomorrow and if nothing will check on Monday morning....
    I'll keep Pena on that date.
     
  8. Niner

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    They all still show as hearings today....

    Monday, June 3rd:
    *Preliminary Hearing (see below) (@ 9am PT) - NV – Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard (71) (reported missing Mar. 2, 2019; found Mar. 7, 2019 in truck of car near Lake Mead Rec. Area entrance, Las Vegas) – *Kelsey Nicole Turner (25) arrested (3/21/19 in Stockton, CA) & awaiting extradition to Nevada. Held without bond. Charged (4/5/19) & indicted (5/30/19) with conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person).
    4/1/19 Update: Hearing in Stockton courtroom on 4/8.
    4/8/19 Update: San Joaquin County prosecuting attorney said that “additional information has come to light” resulting in the need for an additional court appearance on April 16 at 8:30 a.m. that will confirm her extradition to Las Vegas. Expected to be back in Vegas by 4/12. 4/13/19: Was transferred to Clark County Detention Center. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3 per court site.

    5/30/19 Update: Indicted on charges (above), preliminary hearing cancelled for 6/3. No future date set yet.

    Only for *Diana Nicole Pena (30) arrest warrant issued (4/5/19), arrested (4/13/19) & charged (4/14/19) for charges of conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    4/5/19 Update: Warrants were issued for Diana Nicole Pena Friday, 4/5/19. Was still on the run as of 4/14/19.
    4/13/19 Update: Pena booked into Clark County jail. Appearance on 4/14/19 appointed attorney, no bail. Next Status hearing on 4/16 & Status check hearing on 4/30 and preliminary hearing on 6/3. 4/30/19: Bond stays the same. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3.

    *Jon Logan Kennison aka “Big Red” (26) arrest warrant issued (4/5/19), arrested (4/17/19), charged 4/19/19 & indicted (5/30/19) with conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person). Held without bond.
    4/5/19 Update: Warrants were issued for Jon Kennison (KT’s bf). Still on the run as of 4/14/19. 4/17/19: Kennison arrested. First appearance in court on 4/19/19.
    4/19/19 Update: Advised of charges on criminal complaint, waives reading of criminal complaint; Public defender appointed. Held without bond. Defense will file motion to address bail. Media Request for Electronic Coverage Granted. Motion for Disclosure of Non-Public Information filed by: CBS News/48 Hours, Las Vegas Review Journal, KION-TV, KSNV-TV, Las Vegas Sun, KTNV & KLAS-TV. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3.

    5/30/19 Update: Indicted on charges (above), preliminary hearing cancelled for 6/3. No future date set yet.
     
  9. Niner

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    Well this is interesting!!

    Turner:

    06/03/2019 Preliminary Hearing (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Bonaventure, Joseph M.)
    In custody
    Result: Matter Heard

    06/03/2019 Case Closed - Dismissed Grand Jury

    06/03/2019 Judgment Entered
    06/03/2019 Release Order - Court Ordered due to dismissal (Judicial Officer: Bonaventure, Joseph M. )
    Counts: 001; 002

    06/03/2019 Minute Order - Department 09

    link: https://lvjcpa.clarkcountynv.gov/Anonymous/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=12843020


    Kennison:

    06/03/2019 Preliminary Hearing (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Bonaventure, Joseph M.)
    In custody
    Result: Matter Heard

    06/03/2019 Case Closed - Dismissed Grand Jury
    06/03/2019 Judgment Entered

    06/03/2019 Release Order - Court Ordered due to dismissal (Judicial Officer: Bonaventure, Joseph M. )
    Counts: 001; 002
    06/03/2019 Minute Order - Department 09

    link: https://lvjcpa.clarkcountynv.gov/Anonymous/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=12842937


    Pena:

    06/03/2019 Preliminary Hearing (9:00 AM) (Judicial Officer Bonaventure, Joseph M.)
    In custody

    06/03/2019 Reset by Court to 06/03/2019
    Result: Bound Over

    06/03/2019 Unconditional Bind Over to District Court
    Defendant unconditionally waives right to Preliminary Hearing. Defendant Bound Over to District Court as Charged. Defendant to Appear in the Lower Level Arraignment Courtroom A.

    06/03/2019 District Court Appearance Date Set
    Jun 6 2019 9:00AM: In Custody

    06/03/2019 Case Closed - Bound Over

    06/03/2019 Bail Stands - Cash or Surety
    Counts: 001; 002 - $0.00/$0.00 Total Bail
    06/03/2019 Minute Order - Department 09
    06/03/2019 Certificate, Bindover and Order to Appear

    link: https://lvjcpa.clarkcountynv.gov/Anonymous/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=12842938


    From this - looks like Pena is taking all the blame.... ??
     
  10. Via Marple

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    This report says that Pena is taking a plea deal:

    LAS VEGAS (AP) —

    A woman is taking a plea deal while a former magazine model and the model's boyfriend head to trial in the killing of a 71-year-old California psychiatrist whose body was found in a car outside Las Vegas.

    2 indicted, 1 taking plea in CHOMP doctor murder case
     
  11. Niner

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    [​IMG] I can not access this article - stupid EU rules.

    I see the title of it says 2 indicted - ?? Grand jury dismissed the charges per the court site - ??

    Can you give a bit more - maybe where it says the 2 were indicted and what kind of plea deal Pena is getting?

    TIA! :)
     
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    However, both the defense attorney and the prosecutor noted that Pena was not indicted.

    [....]
    Defense attorneys Brian Smith for Turner and Joseph Abood for Kennison said they'll plead not guilty.

    Turner, 26, was arrested March 21 in Stockton, California.

    Kennison, 27, was arrested April 17 in Las Vegas.

    They remain jailed without bail pending their arraignment June 11 in state court in Las Vegas.


    2 indicted, 1 taking plea in California doctor slaying case

    @Niner I can't find what kind of plea Pena is getting. It is hard to post much of an article when we have a 10% posting rule.
     
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    Thank you for taking the time to do that for me Jewels!

    And there is no 'new' court document - the others for both has been "closed" - I looked this morning....
     
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    Sorry Niner! Busy day today....

    You do get to read the abc news link? I couldn't post more than the first paragraph from the tv site for copyright rules.

    It is confusing I know. I am hoping you will find out why; I find the court entries very hard to understand.
     
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    Thursday, June 6th:
    *District Court Appearance (@ 9am PT) - NV – Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard (71) (reported missing Mar. 2, 2019; found Mar. 7, 2019 in truck of car near Lake Mead Rec. Area entrance, Las Vegas) – *Diana Nicole Pena (30) arrest warrant issued (4/5/19), arrested (4/13/19) & charged (4/14/19) for charges of conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    4/5/19 Update: Warrants were issued for Diana Nicole Pena Friday, 4/5/19. Was still on the run as of 4/14/19.
    4/13/19 Update: Pena booked into Clark County jail. Appearance on 4/14/19 appointed attorney, no bail. Next Status hearing on 4/16 & Status check hearing on 4/30 and preliminary hearing on 6/3. 4/30/19: Bond stays the same. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3.
    6/3/19 Update: Waives right to preliminary hearing. Bound over to District Court as charged. District Court appearance scheduled for 6/6 at 9am. Bond stays the same-no bond.
    *Kelsey Nicole Turner – 6/3/19: Case was dismissed by Grand Jury. Indicted again arraignment hearing 6/11. But nothing on court site yet as of 6/6.
    *Jon Logan Kennison aka “Big Red” – 6/3/19: Case was dismissed by Grand Jury. Indicted again arraignment hearing on 6/11. But nothing on court site yet as of 6/6.
     
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    Pena:

    06/03/2019 Criminal Bindover Packet Las Vegas Justice Court

    06/03/2019 Criminal Bindover - Confidential

    06/07/2019 Information
    Comment: Information

    06/11/2019 Initial Arraignment
    Judicial Officer: Herndon, Douglas W.
    Hearing Time: 9:00 AM

    link: Eighth Judicial District Court Portal


    Turner:
    Charges:
    Description Statute Level Date
    1 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER 200.010 Felony 03/03/2019
    2 MURDER WITH USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON, VICTIM 60 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER 200.010 Felony 03/03/2019
    Docket:
    05/31/2019 Grand Jury Indictment
    Judicial Officer: Leavitt, Michelle
    Hearing Time: 11:00 AM
    Result: Matter Heard
    Parties Present: Plaintiff: State of Nevada
    Attorney: Clowers, Shanon

    05/31/2019 Indictment
    Comment: Indictment

    05/31/2019 Warrant
    Comment: Indictmenyt Warrant

    06/03/2019 Amended Indictment

    06/03/2019 Indictment Warrant Return

    06/13/2019 Indictment Warrant Return
    Judicial Officer: Herndon, Douglas W.
    Hearing Time: 9:00 AM

    06/13/2019 Initial Arraignment
    Judicial Officer: Herndon, Douglas W.
    Hearing Time: 9:00 AM

    link: Eighth Judicial District Court Portal


    Kennison
    Charges:
    Description Statute Level Date
    1 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER 200.010 Felony 03/03/2019
    2 MURDER WITH USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON, VICTIM 60 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER 200.010 Felony 03/03/2019

    Docket:
    05/31/2019 Grand Jury Indictment
    Judicial Officer: Leavitt, Michelle
    Hearing Time: 11:00 AM
    Result: Matter Heard
    Parties Present: Plaintiff: State of Nevada
    Attorney: Clowers, Shanon

    05/31/2019 Indictment
    Comment: Indictment

    05/31/2019 Warrant
    Comment: Indictment Warrant

    06/03/2019 Amended Indictment
    Comment: Amended Indictment

    06/03/2019 Indictment Warrant Return

    06/13/2019 Indictment Warrant Return
    Judicial Officer: Herndon, Douglas W.
    Hearing Time: 9:00 AM

    06/13/2019 Initial Arraignment
    Judicial Officer: Herndon, Douglas W.
    Hearing Time: 9:00 AM

    link: Eighth Judicial District Court Portal
     
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    Roommate to plead to accessory charge in Salinas psychiatrist slaying in Las Vegas


    LAS VEGAS – A former roommate who has cooperated in the prosecution of a former magazine model and the model’s boyfriend in the killing of a California psychiatrist is preparing to plead guilty to an accessory to murder charge.

    Diana Nicole Pena, 31, is due in court Tuesday after agreeing to plead guilty to a reduced charge in the death of 71-year-old Dr. Thomas Burchard.

    Pena’s attorney, Jess Matsuda, said Friday his client could get probation or up to five years in prison for her felony conviction.
    [.....]
    Former Playboy Italia and Maxim model Kelsey Nicole Turner and boyfriend Jon Logan Kennison face murder and conspiracy charges. They’re due in court Thursday.

    Their attorneys have said they’ll plead not guilty.
     
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    Tuesday, June 11th:
    *District Court Appearance - Arraignment Hearing (@ 9am PT) - NV – Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard (71) (reported missing Mar. 2, 2019; found Mar. 7, 2019 in truck of car near Lake Mead Rec. Area entrance, Las Vegas) – *Diana Nicole Pena (30) arrest warrant issued (4/5/19), arrested (4/13/19) & charged (4/14/19) for charges of conspiracy to commit murder & open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas (victim an older person). Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    4/5/19 Update: Warrants were issued for Diana Nicole Pena Friday, 4/5/19. Was still on the run as of 4/14/19.
    4/13/19 Update: Pena booked into Clark County jail. Appearance on 4/14/19 appointed attorney, no bail. Next Status hearing on 4/16 & Status check hearing on 4/30 and preliminary hearing on 6/3. 4/30/19: Bond stays the same. Next Preliminary hearing on 6/3.
    6/3/19 Update: Waives right to preliminary hearing. Bound over to District Court as charged. District Court appearance scheduled for 6/6 at 9am. Bond stays the same-no bond.
    6/6/19 Update: Bound over to District court. Pena agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge & could get probation or up to five years in prison for her felony conviction. Initial arraignment on 6/11.
    *Kelsey Nicole Turner – 6/3/19: Case was dismissed by Grand Jury. Indicted (5/31/19) again arraignment hearing 6/13.
    *Jon Logan Kennison aka “Big Red” – 6/3/19: Case was dismissed by Grand Jury. Indicted (5/31/19) again arraignment hearing on 6/13.
     
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    Pena:

    06/11/2019 Initial Arraignment
    Judicial Officer: Herndon, Douglas W.
    Hearing Time: 9:00 AM
    Result: Plea Entered
    Parties Present:
    Defendant: PENA, DIANA NICOLE
    Attorney: Matsuda, Jess
    Plaintiff: State of Nevada
    Attorney: Palal, Binu G.

    06/11/2019 Filed Under Seal
    Comment: Guilty Plea Agreement

    07/09/2019 Status Check
    Judicial Officer: Adair, Valerie
    Hearing Time: 9:30 AM
    Comment: Status Check: Sentencing

    link: Eighth Judicial District Court Portal
     

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