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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

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    Suspect in Temple Student's Murder Rejects Plea Deal

    Joshua Hupperterz is charged with the 2017 murder of Temple University student Jenna Burleigh. Prosecuters offered Hupperterz a 30- to 60-year prison sentence in exchange for a guilty plea, but he turned it down and maintains his innocence. 

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018)

    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.

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    The Temple University community gathered Thursday evening to remember Jenna Burleigh. NBC10s Drew Smith reports.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 8, 2017)

    An attorney for Hupperterz says he maintains his innocence.

    His trial is set to begin Jan. 7.