Man convicted in 1986 murder to go before parole board


Michael Turpin

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FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The Kentucky Parole Board is preparing to listen to the request of a man convicted in a high profile murder in Lexington.

Keith Bouchard is serving time for the 1986 murder of Michael Turpin. Police have said his wife Elizabeth Turpin was the mastermind behind the plot. She and her lover, Karen Brown, paid Keith Bouchard to kill Michael Turpin. Brown held down Turpin as Bouchard stabbed him.

Police would later discover the 22-year-old was killed because his wife hoped to cash in a $60,000 life insurance policy.

Bouchard has been denied bond twice but is now scheduled to go in front of the board again on Tuesday to seek parole for his eligibility in 2018.

Michael Turpin’s father says the idea of Keith Bouchard being granted parole doesn’t settle well with his family.

“Each of us now have a sentence of life without parole, says Don Turpin. “I just have a question for you when do we get our parole? When do we get our parole? Mike is gone forever. the correct answer is never which is what inmate Bouchard deserves.”

Turpin’s family says they will be at as many hearings possible to ensure why Bouchard should not be granted parole.

The board carries three options for Bouchard that include granting parole, deferring, or deciding he must serve out his life sentence.

Karen Brown will be eligible for parole in 2020. Elizabeth Turpin will be eligible in 2021.

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