Parole board hears from woman convicted of murdering girlfriend’s husband in Lexington murder-for-hire plot

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Karen Brown and Elizabeth Turpin were convicted for the 1986 murder of Elizabeth’s husband, Michael.(WDKY)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – A woman convicted in an infamous Lexington murder will have to wait a little longer to find out if she will be granted parole.

Karen Brown and Elizabeth Turpin were convicted for the 1986 murder of Elizabeth’s husband, Michael Turpin.

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Tuesday morning, Brown sat for her parole hearing.

Police say Elizabeth Turpin plotted the murder, while Brown assisted the man they hired to kill Michael. Records state Brown pinned Michael down while Keith Bouchard stabbed him more than 20 times.

“I followed every order that Keith Bouchard gave me except I did not stab Mike Turpin,” Brown said. “He [Bouchard] was yelling for me to stab him [Michael]. I did not stab Mike.”

Brown admitted that Bouchard showed her a set of knives prior to the killing. At that point, she said she knew something bad was going to happen. She also admitted to assisting Bouchard in dragging Micheal’s body to the trunk of a vehicle.

Brown told the parole board at the time of the crime, she was young, on drugs, and had given up on life. Now, 35 years, later she explained she has made a lot of positive changes.

After deliberating, the board could not decide whether to grant parole. They will make a final decision on Monday.

Karen Brown is eligible for parole in March. Elizabeth Turpin was denied parole last month.

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