Glendale teen accused of strangling man during sex pleads not guilty

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Jessica Diana Burlew By Mike Gertzman Jessica Diana Burlew By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX – A 16-year-old girl who allegedly strangled her 43-year-old boyfriend during sexual activity has pleaded not guilty.

Jessica Diana Burlew was charged with second-degree murder and entered her plea in Maricopa County Superior Court Wednesday morning. Her next court date is March 21.

Burlew was arrested after Jason Ash was found dead in an apartment near Olive and 63rd avenues in Glendale on Jan. 18.

Burlew told her mother that she and Ash were involved in a consensual sex act involving strangulation and the man had died.

Police found Ash with an electrical cord around his neck and cuts to his arms, face and body.

Burlew's mother told police that the teen has a history of cutting herself "as a release," according to court documents.

Burlew reportedly told her mother that she and Ash were playing sex games and he was cut and choked. She said Ash did not say the "safety word," the documents stated.