Criminal Justice

Slain woman called police an hour before law grad killed her, '48 Hours' says


A young woman with a promising future called New York City police approximately an hour before she was strangled and beaten to death in 2012 by her boyfriend, University of Florida law graduate Jason Bohn, 48 Hours reports.

But it isn’t clear from the CBS News episode, which aired over the weekend, whether police had enough information to find the Queens apartment in which Danielle Thomas, a 27-year-old Weight Watchers executive, was struggling to escape from Bohn’s clutches. The timeline is clear because an inadvertent “pocket dial” cellphone call resulted in the final minutes of Thomas’ life being recorded on a voice mail message that was used in evidence at trial. Thomas’ mother, Jaime Thomas Bright, told 48 Hours that she is considering litigation against the police department for not responding to the 911 call.

Bohn is now serving life without parole after being convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder. He didn’t deny killing Thomas, but sought to be convicted for manslaughter, saying he has intermittent explosive disorder resulting from a troubled childhood.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Persuaded by pocket-dial recording of victim’s final minutes, jury convicts law graduate of murder”

ABAJournal.com: “Law grad is sentenced to life for murder of girlfriend whose pleas were recorded on cell phone”

New York Daily News: “‘48 Hours: A Raging Son’: Television review”

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