Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was arrested Thursday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and confessed to killing Pitchaporn Kidchob, 32, Major-General Weerachon Boontawee, head of the Provincial Police Region 5 Detective Department , said Friday. It is not clear if he had a lawyer representing him.
The name of the woman Balzer was accused of attempting to kill while living in Longmont, Colo. Has been redacted from court records. However, a spokeswoman for the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Shannon Carbone said the victim in the domestic violence case and the woman killed in Thailand had the same name and appeared to be the same person based on photographs of her in the media. The office has not received any official information about the victim in Thailand, she said.
According to court documents, the victim met Balzer around 2017 and then left Thailand to live with him in the United States.
In 2019, after the victim repelled Balzer’s attempt to have sex, he allegedly grabbed her arms, punched her in the face, and repeatedly hit her head against a headboard in the bedroom. their apartment before pointing a gun at her and saying, “I’m going to kill you,” an arrest affidavit said.
According to the document, the victim pushed the gun away and fired a shot near his head. She escaped as Balzer tried to cover bullet holes in the wall. She also told police that Balzer had strangled her two weeks earlier during an argument in which he accused her of cheating on him.
Although Balzer was charged with attempted second degree murder, he was able to plead guilty to a lesser charge of third degree assault because the victim returned to Thailand and did not want to return to Colorado to testify, Carbone said. . He was sentenced to probation, including treatment for domestic violence, she said.
“This murder highlights the danger of domestic violence as well as the potential for lethality that can often exist for victims. Our hearts go out to those close to the victim; this is a very tragic case. We hope that he will be held fully responsible for the murder, ”she said.
Balzer was also arrested in Colorado in December after police allegedly found 73 guns in his van, a violation of his probation that prohibits him from having guns. A lawyer listed as representing Balzer in this ongoing case as well as the domestic violence case did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Thai police said Balzer was questioned on Friday in the northern town of Nan, where he had lived with Kidchob, Police Lt. Col. Somkiat Ruam-ngern said. The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of death.
According to Weerachon, Balzer said Pitchaporn had “given her hope” so he married her and bought her a house in Nan, her home province. Balzer said he became furious when she tried to chase him away, so he stabbed her with a knife, the officer said.
He said Balzer put his body in a trash can which he sealed and buried in the woods about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from their home. Balzer then traveled on a motorcycle to Chiang Mai, where he was arrested, Weerachon said.
Police had been alerted to a possible crime when Pitchaporn’s mother, who had been unable to reach her daughter by phone, visited the couple and found bloodstains.
Balzer, a programmer, met Pitchaporn in Thailand and they got married in the United States, after which Balzer quit his job, sold all of his properties and moved to Nan, the Thai Rath newspaper reported, citing the commander of Provincial Police Region 5, Prachuab Wongsuk.
Balzer said he did not know his wife was three months pregnant, Prachuab said.
Associated Press writer Colleen Slevin contributed to this report from Denver.
Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul et Grant Peck, Associated Press