Jurors convict man in Temple University student slaying

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole in the slaying of a 22-year-old Temple University student.

The panel convicted 30-year-old Joshua Hupperterz on Thursday of first-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of Jenna Burleigh. He earlier pleaded guilty to evidence-tampering and abuse of a corpse.

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#BREAKING: GUILTY VERDICT IN TEMPLE MURDER A jury took less than two hours to convict Josh Hupperterz of 1st degree… https://t.co/o8a5sdzYwl
An undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Joshua Hupperterz of Philadelphia. Authorities say 22-year-old Jenna Burleigh went missing around 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, near Temple's campus. They say ex-Temple student Hupperterz, last seen with Burleigh, was taken into custody Saturday in Paupack Township in northeastern Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)
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MISSING TEMPLE STUDENT: Police are searching for Jenna Burleigh, 22, who was last seen Thursday morning:… https://t.co/OUIKmgPMPV
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Burleigh family and to everyone touched by Jenna. https://t.co/jDOmyzgJzg
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A family member of Hupperterz threw a coffee on photographer Adam Fox as she walked out of the courtroom. He’s ok… https://t.co/aaZpKnh7Ax
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Jenna Burleigh’s father hugs prosecutors who helped convict his daughter’s killer. ⁦@NBCPhiladelphia⁩ https://t.co/5j4ha7klUo

Prosecutors said Hupperterz killed Burleigh in his Philadelphia apartment in August 2017, moved her body to his mother's suburban home in a plastic storage container, and later took the remains to his grandmother's home in the Poconos, where they were found.

Defense attorney David Nenner suggested another man was responsible. But prosecutors said DNA evidence and the defendant's actions following the slaying pointed to him as the killer.

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