Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:25 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:25:22 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Department arrested a man for murder Tuesday morning after finding the body of a woman stuffed into a plastic tub, submerged in some sort of weak acid.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Department arrested a man for murder Tuesday morning after finding the body of a woman stuffed into a plastic tub, submerged in some sort of weak acid. The suspect, 27-year-old Jason Hart is now behind bars, but his wife talked exclusively with KHQ Tuesday after finding out that her husband was the suspect in a murder.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - On Wednesday Judge James Triplet set murder suspect Jason Hart's bail at $500,000. Hart's arraignment on his first degree murder charge is set for June 18th. The judge ordered that, if he posts bond, Hart cannot return to the scene where the murder took place.
The Spokane County and Spokane City SWAT team arrested Hart Tuesday as they believe he killed a female victim in Nine Mile Falls. The victim's identity has still not been released by the Medical Examiner's Office although court documents say that the victim is Regan Jolley, sources close to KHQ say Jolley is 33-years-old. Jolley was found in a tub of acid.
Detectives believe the victim was killed before she was dumped in the tub of acid. The manner of death (shooting, stabbing, etc.) has still not been determined. That will also be announced by the Medical Examiner. Court documents acknowledge that investigators witnessed signs of bruising on the victim's body. Court documents state detectives believed the victim showed signs of strangulation.
On Tuesday KHQ spoke exclusively with Jessica Hart. She is still legally married to Jason, but moved out six months ago due to Jason's ongoing problems with substance abuse and his struggles with PTSD.
"The man I married is not the man who did this," Jessica Hart said.
Doctors diagnosed Hart, an Iraq Veteran, with 100% service connected PTSD.
UPDATE: The murder suspect, 27-year-old Jason Hart, is expected to make his first court appearance today at 1:30. We will have cameras in the courtroom. Hart is accused of killing his girlfriend and then putting her body in a bathtub filled with acid. Keep checking back to this web channel for updates.
UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon, KHQ's Alex Rozier spoke with the woman who is still legally married to the suspected murderer, Jason Hart.
Jessica Hart tells us the couple has two children, ages 5 & 7 and that she left him in December because of his substance abuse problem.
Jessica says she talked to Jason on Monday and he was not in a good mood.
She says she was still hoping that Hart was going to go to rehab and get better and she never saw this coming.
KHQ Local News Reporter Alex Rozier will have more tonight on KHQ Local News.
UPDATE: The victim in Nine Mile Falls was found in a plastic tub that is filled with some sort of clear liquid. That is where SWAT was exposed.
SPOKANE, Wash. - A 27-year-old man is in custody after a woman was found dead in a shed on Tuesday morning. He's identified as 27-year-old Jason Hart. Authorities believe that Hart is the main suspect. The shed the murder victim was found in is on a property in the 14,000 block of Autumn Lane in Nine Mile Falls.
Hart came out of the home hours after hostage negotiators, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies and SWAT arrived on the scene. Dozens of law enforcement responded.
Hart's roommate made the original 911 call reporting that someone was dead. When authorities arrived they found the victim's body in the shed.
A Hazmat crew has arrived on the property. It's not clear if a hazardous material played a role in the murder.
When authorities first arrived the roommate and two elderly people were inside the home, along with the suspect. The roommate and the two elderly people later came out on their own. The female victim has not been identified.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
On Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, at 2:42 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence near the 14800 block of West Autumn Lane. The complainant told dispatch that his roommate, 27-year-old Jason Hart, had murdered his girlfriend. Deputies responded to the scene and verified there was a deceased female at the residence.
Deputies surrounded the residence and the Spokane City SWAT Team responded to assist. The Sheriff's Office SWAT Team was at a different, multi-agency warrant near Newport, WA. The Sheriff's Office SWAT Team responded after they completed their warrant.
Investigators developed information through Hart's roommate, who made the 911 call, that there was an elderly male and female in the residence with Hart. Both were able to safely leave the residence leaving Hart as the only occupant.
SWAT Team members were able to establish communication with Hart, who exited the residence at approximately 11:58 a.m. Hart was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Public Safety Building to be interviewed by Sheriff's Office Detectives.
While SWAT Team members were at the residence, five team members were exposed to some type of vapor. The five members were evaluated by AMR at the scene for the vapor exposure. It was determined that there is a possible, active methamphetamine lab. at the residence.
The Sheriff's Office Meth. Lab. Team is responding to the location to process the lab. Spokane City Fire Station #1's Hazmat Team is also en route to ensure the residence is safe before investigators can begin their investigation.
The investigation is on-going. Further information will be provided at a later time. The Medical Examiner's Office will release the identity of the victim.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 9:36 AM EST2013-12-11 14:36:12 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - For anyone whose parents have moved into their home or for those looking to possibly rent out part of their home, houses with in-law type set ups are ideal. >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - For anyone whose parents have moved into their home or for those looking to possibly rent out part of their home, houses with in-law type set ups are ideal. It's a great way to give yourself and the person living in your home separate space and it helps to keep the sanity. >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:07 PM EST2013-12-11 22:07:35 GMT
Winter on Lake Coeur d'Alene means many things. People come from all over to see the lights illuminate the lake near the resort. >>
Winter on Lake Coeur d'Alene means many things. People come from all over to see the lights illuminate the lake near the resort. But they also come for nature. And in the winter, that means Bald Eagles taking advantage of all of the fish. KHQ Local News Reporter Gabe Cohen tagged along with some eagle enthusiasts Monday morning.>>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:29 PM EST2013-12-11 02:29:21 GMT
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK.>>
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK. KNDO says police confirmed Tuesday that the mother of Elizabeth Romero spoke with her daughter by phone and the girl said she is in Jalisco, Mexico.>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:50 PM EST2013-12-12 00:50:26 GMT
FROM KELSEY WATTS: What an INCREDIBLE woman. I just sat down with Billie McKinney, who wanted to share more about the life of her mother, Sharlotte McGill.>>
FROM KELSEY WATTS: What an INCREDIBLE woman. I just sat down with Billie McKinney, who wanted to share more about the life of her mother, Sharlotte McGill. She was killed in May of 2012 just a week after she and Billie moved to Spokane.>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:49 PM EST2013-12-12 00:49:54 GMT
The Grant County Sheriff's Office found a man outside of Moses Lake in the 2800 block of Road 5 NE Wednesday morning with a gunshot wound. >>
The Grant County Sheriff's Office found a man outside of Moses Lake in the 2800 block of Road 5 NE Wednesday morning with a gunshot wound. In a press release, the Sheriff's Office says the man was immediately airlifted to a hospital and is in critical condition. The Sheriff's Office is working on contacting the man's family before they release his identity.>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:34 PM EST2013-12-12 00:34:39 GMT
One of the two men suspected in the disappearance of Rachael Anderson changed his not guilty plea in a Latah County court Wednesday. >>
One of the two men suspected in the disappearance of Rachael Anderson changed his not guilty plea in a Latah County court Wednesday. David Stone pleaded guilty "Failure to Notify Law Enforcement of a Death," and will likely serve 7 years in prison and pay $50,000 in restitution.>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:32 PM EST2013-12-12 00:32:00 GMT
The Grant County Prosecutor informed KHQ Wednesday that 25-year-old Juan Pablo Juarez of Acapulco Mexico was found guilty of 1st Degree Rape and 1st Degree Rap of a Child. >>
The Grant County Prosecutor informed KHQ Wednesday that 25-year-old Juan Pablo Juarez of Acapulco Mexico was found guilty of 1st Degree Rape and 1st Degree Rap of a Child. The charges are from an incident that happened in Mattawa back in November 2012. The victim in the assault was just 5-year-old.>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:55 PM EST2013-12-11 21:55:30 GMT
UPDATE: The house fire on Boone is out. No injuries have been reported. Neighbors say that the home was vacant and squatters were living there.>>
UPDATE: The house fire on Boone is out. No injuries have been reported. Neighbors say that the home was vacant and squatters were living there. The cause is under investigation, Boone is shutdown right now from Lindeke to A St. Traffic is being re-routed.>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 3:16 PM EST2013-12-11 20:16:59 GMT
KHQ.COM - Many of you will order gifts Online this Christmas, which means those gifts will be sent through the mail.>>
KHQ.COM - Many of you will order gifts Online this Christmas, which means those gifts will be sent through the mail. But shopper beware, you want to make sure someone is going to be home to receive that package. Crime Tracker Kalae Chock talked to Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Johnston who says thieves steal packages from mailboxes and doorsteps this time of year.>>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:52 PM EST2013-12-11 19:52:32 GMT
KHQ.COM - Over a million lights. A priceless memory.>>
KHQ.COM - Over a million lights. A priceless memory. A family tradition. Bring the family to see The Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, a wonderland of over 1.5 million lights and the largest on-the-water holiday light display in America.>>