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American arrested for alleged murder in Chiang Mai has past record of abuse in Colorado

Photo via Facebook/ตำรวจภูธรจังหวัดน่าน

The American man who was recently arrested for allegedly murdering his pregnant Thai wife in Chiang Mai had been sentenced to 2 years of probation back in 2019 on assault charges after his gun went off while he was threatening a woman in Colorado. A report from the Associated Press says it appears to be the same woman.

Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, had initially faced attempted murder charges for assaulting a woman in Longmont, Colorado, but those charges were dropped. A Boulder District Attorney’s Office spokesperson told a local reporter in a previous report that “in every case, we need witnesses to testify at a trial. Unfortunately, due to issues with the victim’s availability, the higher charge had to be dismissed.”

The victim had called the police saying Jason had asked to have sex and then assaulted her when she said “no,” according to the arrest report. She told police he hit her face and slammed her head onto the bed’s headboard several times before taking out a revolver and threatening to kill her, the report says. The woman told police she pushed the gun and it went off near her head.

Balzer pled guilty to third-degree assault in December 2019 and was sentenced to 2 years of probation. In December 2020, Jason was arrested in Colorado after police allegedly found 73 guns in his van. Possession of firearms is a violation of probation. It’s unclear when Jason travelled to Thailand.

Since the case in Colorado 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 has the same name as the woman killed in Thailand. Based on photographs, the spokesperson says they appear to be the same person.

On Thursday, Jason was arrested in Chiang Mai. Reports say he confessed to stabbing and killing his wife, 32 year old Pitchaporn Kidchop, who was 3 months pregnant. Police say Jason sealed his wife’s body in a garbage bin before taking it to the woods about 5 kilometres 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 to crimes and reenactment the crimes to law enforcement officers and the press.

 

SOURCE: Time Call | Associated Press

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

12 Comments

  1. I feel sorry for the pregnant woman and her family. A man that threatens, abuses and kills any woman is not a man, period.

    Execute the scumbag from the US of A (the greatest country in the world……yeah right). But first, let him enjoy the Bangkok Hilton for a few years so he can be the sharable girlfriend of the local guests.

  2. Local police posted photos of the crime reenactment on Facebook….What a pantomime show Thai police are. Dragging the accused back over the crime scene while crowds of people watch on. Like a bunch of cavemen.

  3. Bad American man – no different than bad European men or bad Thai men. Losers are losers. Hopefully the woman’s family will find some solace in his punishment.

  4. I sincerely hope that this ‘thing’ is, upon conviction, sentenced to life in prison with NO possibility of parole!! A death sentence would be too easy!!

  5. There r scumbags like him everywhere in Thailand, masquerading to be legit but I know for sure most of them are criminals hiding here selling drugs , paedos boil room scammers,.most of them have legit business as cover up, last week some Europeans were arrested for selling drugs, you see them in puket, CM , CR , BKK , What’s funny is that they know how to insult other race or people that doesn’t look like the dirty trash they are , why do thai let them in , I wouldn’t know.

  6. @Rick, you’r right. A lot of criminals from my country too are or were in hiding in LOS. As I recall from a decade or more ago, one of the top guys was living a life as a resort owner. After some years he was discovered and killed by a hired gun from Thailand, who was later found dead. They never caught the people behind the killings but the police know the order came from rivals back home in Europe.
    However, the killing of the young Thai lady could have been a “crime passionelle”. The American is likely not a brazen criminal. He’s a programmer and the ones I worked with were often nerdy types who are the opposite of womanizers. Possibly the girl just felt for his looks and the fact that he was a smart guy, but didn’t really know his character. She was living in a dream world and it took a while for her to understand her husband wasn’t a knight in shiny armor. The guy gave up his job and sold everything. The house he bought was not his and he probably was completely dependent from her living in a strange country. Then she kicked him out. I have no sympathy for him, he gets what he deserved. He should have walked out and started over again. Even with little or no money, his profession is in much demand. Now his life is basically over.

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