Posted Jul 16, 2012 04:15 pm CDT
Originally charged with second-degree murder after his 27-year-old girlfriend’s beaten and strangled body was reportedly found in the bathtub of the New York City apartment they once shared, a University of Florida law graduate has now been charged with first-degree murder in a grand jury indictment.
Jason Bohn, 33, also faces charges of second-degree murder, strangulation, assault, evidence tampering and multiple counts of criminal contempt and aggravated harassment, according to the Runnin’ Scared blog of the Village Voice.
It appears that some of the charges may relate to a protective order that the dead woman, 27-year-old Danielle Thomas, previously obtained against Bohn.
The article reports that Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the upgraded first-degree murder charge is based on a criminal code provision that provides for such a case when “the defendant acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior to the victim’s death.”
Brown also said the new top count alleges that Bohn intended to “torture” Thomas, reports the Associated Press.
Bohn could get as much as life without the possibility of parole if he is convicted. His lawyer, Todd Greenberg, didn’t immediately respond to an AP request for comment late last week.
ABAJournal.com: “Manhunt Is On for Law Grad Sought for Questioning in Girlfriend’s Beating Death”
ABAJournal.com: “Law Grad Arrested in Beaten Ex-Girlfriend’s Murder; Prosecutor Says Note Apologized for ‘Accident’”
Updated at 11:49 a.m. to include Associated Press information.