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.More >>
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.More >>
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.
Monday, December 9 2013 5:57 PM EST2013-12-09 22:57:54 GMT
UPDATE: Fmr. Shadle Park teacher Ryan Murphy is back in court. He faces sex charges against a minor teenage student.More >>
UPDATE: Fmr. Shadle Park teacher Ryan Murphy is back in court. He faces sex charges against a minor teenage student. According to court documents, Murphy carried on the relationship while the girl was in his English class. He also asked her for nude pictures, which she gave him. This resulted in a higher grade in his class. More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:44 PM EST2013-12-09 22:44:11 GMT
KHQ.COM - Federal officials have filed five criminal cases against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.More >>
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials have filed five criminal cases against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 4:21 PM EST2013-12-09 21:21:48 GMT
KHQ.COM - Tonight the Spokane City Council will consider making you feed the meters in downtown Spokane on certain holidays.More >>
KHQ.COM - Tonight the Spokane City Council will consider making you feed the meters in downtown Spokane on certain holidays. The idea is to limit free parking to days when city hall is closed. MLK Day and Veterans Day are just two of the holidays lawmakers are considering removing from the list.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 4:20 PM EST2013-12-09 21:20:41 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. More >>
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. More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 3:06 PM EST2013-12-09 20:06:12 GMT
KHQ.COM - We're learning new details about the teen who passed away on a Delta flight. More >>
UPDATE: According to the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office the cause of death of the teen who passed away on a Delta flight is currently listed as "pending" further microscopic and other studies, but is thought to be a complication of a rare disease. The manner of death is natural.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 1:48 PM EST2013-12-09 18:48:11 GMT
KHQ.COM - Spokane Human Society has teamed up with Santa's Workshop Spokane, a seasonal photography studio that allows people of all ages and their pets to go take photos with Santa. More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Human Society has teamed up with Santa's Workshop Spokane, a seasonal photography studio that allows people of all ages and their pets to go take photos with Santa. Santa's Workshop allowed the Spokane Humane Society to bring pets who have been in the shelter for more than 3 months and desperately need homes. More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 1:38 PM EST2013-12-09 18:38:04 GMT
KHQ.COM - Most of us have experienced this before: We take our children to go see Santa Claus only to have our children scream as if we were abandoning them forever. More >>
KHQ.COM - Most of us have experienced this before: We take our children to go see Santa Claus, hoping to get a wonderful photo for the family Christmas card, only to have our children scream as if we were abandoning them forever. Here are some great photos of these moments captured in time.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 1:19 PM EST2013-12-09 18:19:48 GMT
Monday: Light snow this morning...really just a dusting expected around Spokane, but the Central Panhandle could see between 1-2".More >>
Monday: Light snow this morning...really just a dusting expected around Spokane, but the Central Panhandle could see between 1-2". This system moves SE of us by later this morning, then just expecting mostly cloudy skies. High: 18° Monday Night: Mostly cloudy skies with another round of light snow possible. Less than a half inch possible around Spokane.More >>