Ex-roommate of accused killer says he didn’t kill student

January 10, 2019
FILE- In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Joshua Hupperterz of Philadelphia. Jury selection has begun in the trial of a man charged with killing a 22-year-old Temple University student. Hupperterz is charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the death of Jenna Burleigh. Philly.com reports he rejected an offer last month to plead guilty to third-degree murder, contending he is innocent. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The ex-roommate of the Philadelphia man accused of killing Temple University student Jenna Burleigh says he was asleep in his room at the time prosecutors say she was beaten, stabbed and strangled.

The attorneys for 30-year-old Joshua Hupperterz had contended 24-year-old Jack Miley was the actual killer of 22-year-old Burleigh — a claim that authorities say is a lie.

Philly.com reports Miley took the stand Thursday, telling jurors in his former roommate’s trial that he was asleep throughout the night in question.

Miley tells jurors he drank heavily that night and ingested Xanax and marijuana before falling asleep just after midnight. He says he awoke the afternoon of Aug. 31 to find Hupperterz cleaning up blood.

Hupperterz is accused of killing Burleigh after she cut a sexual encounter short. Hupperterz admits he tried to hide Burleigh’s body.

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