Suspect in Temple University student's murder has criminal past

Sep 06, 2017, 12:23
Suspect in Temple University student's murder has criminal past

And Temple University says all students should know they're not alone.

Hupperterz admitted to "elements of the crime" in a partial confession, Philadelphia police Capt. John Ryan, commanding officer of the homicide unit, said Saturday night, according to Philly.com.

After an autopsy, officials said that Burleigh was killed by a combination of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

Police Sunday shed some additional light on the investigation, which is ongoing. Wednesday night, she had dinner with her dad and planned a fun night out with friends. She said she did not know who the woman was, but heard screams and ran outside to see what was going on. He reported her missing to police at 8:23 p.m. Thursday, not Friday as was previously reported.

So police called Hupperterz to ask him about it.

Reached by phone by police, he claimed to have been too drunk to recall leaving the bar, police said.

A woman listed as the owner of the Wayne County home where Burleigh's body was found paid his bail during those initial charges, court documents showed.

By late Saturday afternoon, the search for Burleigh ended tragically when her body was found at the grandmother's house, 150 miles north of Philadelphia.

In addition to murder, Hupperterz faces charges of tampering with evidence, abuse of corpse and drug offenses.

Burleigh spent the last two years at Montgomery County Community College and began her first semester at Temple earlier in the week.

Hupperterz was a student at Lackawanna College from the fall semester of 2012 to the spring semester of 2013, college spokeswoman Wendy Hinton confirmed Sunday.

Media reports also say police do not believe Burleigh and Hupperterz had a prior relationship.

Hupperterz is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing September 20, records show.

Family member Ed Burleigh said Saturday on Facebook "Our Beautiful Angel Jenna is now in Heaven".

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