A woman accused with two other people of killing a California psychiatrist in Las Vegas tried to shield her face from photographers while her lawyer told a judge she’ll fight murder and conspiracy charges.

Diana Nicole Pena’s attorney, Jess Matsuda, said Tuesday his 30-year-old client didn’t kill 71-year-old Dr. Thomas Kirk Burchard.

Former model Kelsey Nichole Turner’s attorney, Brian James Smith, has said his 25-year-old had no role in Burchard’s death.

This undated Clark County Detention Center booking photo shows Diana Nicole Pena, 30. Las Vegas police say she surrendered to detectives on Saturday, April 13, 2019, to answer murder and conspiracy charges in the slaying last month of Dr. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
This undated Clark County Detention Center booking photo shows Diana Nicole Pena, 30. Las Vegas police say she surrendered to detectives on Saturday, April 13, 2019, to answer murder and conspiracy charges in the slaying last month of Dr. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

Burchard’s body was found March 7 in the trunk of Turner’s car in the desert outside Las Vegas,

Turner was arrested March 21 in Stockton, California. Pena surrendered Saturday to Las Vegas police.

They’re jailed without bail in Las Vegas, with a preliminary hearing scheduled June 3.

This undated Clark County Detention Center booking photo shows Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25. Las Vegas police say Turner arrived in custody Friday, April 12, 2019, from Stockton, Calif. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
This undated Clark County Detention Center booking photo shows Kelsey Nichole Turner, 25. Las Vegas police say Turner arrived in custody Friday, April 12, 2019, from Stockton, Calif. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

Turner’s boyfriend, Jon Logan Kennison, remains sought on murder and conspiracy charges.

Diana Pena, one of three suspects in the killing of a California doctor, appears in court Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
Diana Pena, one of three suspects in the killing of a California doctor, appears in court Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
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