Local prosecutors downgrade charges for Breaking Bad style murder


by KREM.com


Posted on June 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 10 at 6:18 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- Prosecutors downgraded the charge for the man accused of killing his girlfriend and trying to dispose of her body in acid in Nine Mile Falls. 

Jason Hart faced a Spokane County judge on Monday to hear his new charges.

Prosecutors charged Hart with Second Degree Murder on Monday afternoon. He was originally charged the week before with First Degree Murder.  Prosecutors said the change is due to a lack of evidence showing premeditation.

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies said prosecutors reduced the charges “based on legal issues.”

Hart, 27, is being held on a $500,000 bond. The judge scheduled Hart’s arraignment for June 18th.

Court documents listed what authorities found in the murder suspect’s home. Authorities seized DVD discs of Breaking Bad at Jason Hart’s home. The discs included Breaking Bad’s season one, episode two. The episode involves a character dissolving somebody’s body in tub full of acid.

Medical examiners said they could not comment on the case specifically. But they did say that dissolving a body in acid could work in theory.

In the Breaking Bad episode the main character explains how to dissolve a body. The character said:

"You see, hydrofluoric acid won't eat through plastic, it will however dissolve metal, rock, glass, ceramic."

Detectives found Regan Jolley’s body soaking in a plastic tub full of acid in a garage along 14800 block of West Autumn Lane on Tuesday. According to court documents, she was partially submerged and nude when authorities found her. An empty bottle of sulfuric acid was nearby.

New court documents also revealed that Hart had purchased a chemistry book two weeks prior. And the day before Jolley's body was found, he had told friends that she was going out of town for a few days.

Detectives weren't sure how long Jolley had been in the acid. But they believe she was killed Monday.

Authorities said Hart brought the DVDs prior to allegedly killing his girlfriend. Court documents also stated that Hart bought a chemistry book and drain cleaner.

Jolley, 33, was strangled to death according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner released autopsy results Thursday.

On Wednesday, prosecutors described the murder as a case of domestic violence.

Witnesses told authorities that Hart and Jolley were fighting. A witness found the body in the garage according to court documents. Hart allegedly told the witness not to go in the garage because he “wouldn’t like what he’d find.”

Hart’s family told KREM 2 News that he was addicted to methamphetamine. His estranged-wife said Hart wanted to get help earlier this week.

Jolley’s aunt, Jeanne Dobson, spoke to KREM 2 News and said her niece was a mother of two. Her sons are in protective custody according to her aunt. She went on to say that Jolley had just gotten out of rehab.

Dobson described her niece as a wonderful person. She said she visited Jolley two weeks ago at the house where she died. Dobson said that Jolley’s boyfriend was acting “jittery.”

Dobson said  Hart and Jolley had been dating for about six weeks.