The boyfriend of a woman found dead in a desolate Texas field in 2016 has been found guilty of her murder.
A jury found 28-year-old Jason Lowe guilty of killing Jessie Bardwell, 27. Her family reported her missing on May 9 after she didn’t reach out to her mom on Mother’s Day. That was unlike her.
When officers went to the apartment that Bardwell and Lowe shared, Lowe told them she had left for the day. He claimed she was unreachable because her phone was “pay as you go,” and she didn’t put any money into it recently.
Lowe was arrested after Bardwell’s body was discovered partially wrapped in bubble wrap in a field, according to the Sun Herald. An autopsy revealed that she died of homicidal violence, though the examiner’s report did not specify.
During the trial, Lowe took the stand to give a speech about Bardwell’s death. He called it a “tragic accident.” According to Crime Online, Lowe claimed that she slipped and fell in a bathtub. But, the jury believed another story: Lowe was on drugs and hit Bardwell in the head during sex. Lowe also told the court that he and his girlfriend had been experimenting with GHB, also known as the “date rape drug.”
Then, while Bardwell’s body was rotting in the trunk of Lowe’s SUV, he sent naked photos of himself to women he talked to on the internet.
“I should have called the police,” Lowe said in court. He cried, calling himself weak.
Lowe and Bardwell were planning on getting married and they had put down payment on a house just days before Bardwell’s death.
Lowe now faces up to 50 years in prison.
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