The American who was recently arrested for allegedly murdering his pregnant Thai wife in Chiang Mai was sentenced to 2 years probation in 2019 for assault after his gun went off while threatening a woman in Colorado. An Associated Press report says he appears to be the same woman.
Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, initially faced attempted murder charges for assaulting a woman in Longmont, Colorado, but those charges were dropped. A spokesperson for the Boulder District Attorney’s Office told a local reporter in a previous report that “Either way, we need witnesses to testify at a trial. Unfortunately, due to availability issues for the victim, the highest charge had to be dismissed. “
The victim called the police saying Jason asked to have sex and then assaulted her when she said “no”, according to the arrest report. She told police he punched her in the face and slammed her head on the headboard several times before pulling out a gun and threatening to kill her, according to the report. The woman told police that she pushed the gun and exploded near her head.
Balzer pleaded guilty to third degree assault in December 2019 and was sentenced to 2 years probation. In December 2020, Jason was arrested in Colorado after police reportedly found 73 guns in his van. Possession of firearms is a violation of probation. It is not known when Jason traveled to Thailand.
Since the Colorado case involved a victim of domestic violence, the name was redacted in public court records, but a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office told AP reporters that the victim was wearing the same name as the woman killed in Thailand. Based on photographs, the spokesperson says they appear to be the same person.
Jason was arrested in Chiang Mai on Thursday. Reports say he confessed to stabbing and killing his wife, Pitchaporn Kidchop, 32, who was 3 months pregnant. Police said Jason sealed his wife’s body in a trash can before taking her to the woods about 3 miles away. In Thailand, a murder charge carries a maximum penalty of death.
Local police posted photos of the crime reenactment on Facebook. In Thailand, it is common for suspects to admit crimes and reconstruct crimes to law enforcement officials and the press.
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