Man Accused of Murdering Temple Student Rejects Plea Deal

Josh Hupperterz rejected a deal that would have given him a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for admitting to killing Temple University student Jenna Burleigh

A man charged with killing a Temple University student has rejected a deal from prosecutors to plead guilty to murder in exchange for a 30 to 60-year prison sentence.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Joshua Hupperterz told a judge Monday he instead wants to continue to trial, where he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Hupperterz is accused of killing 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh at his home in August 2017 and taking her body in a storage bin to his grandmother's house in the Poconos, about 140 miles north of Philadelphia.

A coroner found Burleigh died of blunt-force trauma and strangulation.

An attorney for Hupperterz says he maintains his innocence.

His trial is set to begin Jan. 7.

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