Accused killer of Temple student Jenna Burleigh rejects plea deal, seeks trial

December 3, 2018

Jenna Burleigh (left) was a Temple student when she was allegedly killed by Joshua Hupperterz in his North Philadelphia apartment.

By Staff

The man accused of killing 22-year-old Temple student Jenna Burleigh in his off-campus apartment last year on Monday rejected an offer by city prosecutors to plead guilty to third-degree murder and be sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison.

Instead, Joshua Hupperterz told Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn Bronson he wanted to proceed to trial, now scheduled for Jan. 7. If convicted of charges of first- or second-degree murder, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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