Crime

No parole for woman convicted in 1986 stabbing death of Michael Turpin

Karen Brown talked with a two-member parole board panel Tuesday in an image captured from video.
Karen Brown talked with a two-member parole board panel Tuesday in an image captured from video. File photo

A parole board decided Monday morning against releasing one of the women convicted in the 1986 killing of Michael Turpin.

The parole of Karen Brown,51, was deferred five years, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said. Had she been granted parole, Brown would have been released in February.

In five years, Brown will be eligible to try again for parole, Lamb said. She is serving a life sentence has been in prison just short of 30 years.

Brown, Keith Bouchard and Turpin’s wife Elizabeth, were convicted of his murder in September 1986.

Bouchard admitted to stabbing Michael Turpin 19 times so Elizabeth Turpin could collect $60,000 in life insurance. Brown had gone with Bouchard while Elizabeth Turpin waited in Brown’s apartment.

Michael Turpin’s body was pulled from a pond at Lexington’s Lakeside Golf Course the next day.

Elizabeth Turpin and Bourchard are also serving life sentences. Bouchard has been denied parole twice, and Elizabeth Turpin has been deferred once.

Bouchard will be eligible to try for parole again in 2018 and Elizabeth Turpin will be eligible in 2021.

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