Funeral Set for Astoria Beating Death Victim
The live-in boyfriend of Danielle Thomas, 30, was arrested Friday night in connection with her brutal slaying
Jason Bohn, 33, was arrested in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, in their Astoria apartment
A funeral was scheduled for Friday in the Danville, Ga. hometown of a woman found slain last week in her Astoria apartment -- days after her live-in boyfriend was arrested and charged in her death.
The body of Danielle Thomas, 30, lying face-up in a tub surrounded by ice, was discovered Tuesday by police responding to a 911 call, authorities said. Jason Bohn, 33, was arrested Friday and is being held without bail and placed on suicide watch.
Police found two handwritten notes at Thomas' apartment Tuesday, the first allegedly stating "it was an accident, it was an accident, it was an accident... I had been drinking and I was drunk when I got home... She was already asleep... I woke up and there was fighting between us... When I woke up again she was unconscious... I am sorry."
The second note allegedly stated, "Dani, I will love you forever."
The funeral for Thomas is set for Friday at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Danville, Ga., her mother said.
The medical examiner found Thomas had broken cartilage in the neck, neck compressions, several fractures to the front, back and sides of her rib cage, and a cut liver.
Thomas died of blunt force trauma to the neck and torso, the medical examiner said.
Bohn was taken into custody Friday night by the NYPD at a restaurant on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, where he was with his mother and attorney.
Bohn was arraigned Saturday and charged with second-degree murder, aggravated criminal contempt, first-degree criminal contempt and tampering with physical evidence.
If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.
Law-enforcement sources said there was a history of incidents between Thomas and Bohn, who was arrested recently for allegedly assaulting her.
On June 7, Thomas reported to police that Bohn had beaten her in May, leaving her with two black eyes and on crutches. She said Bohn also was sending her threatening e-mails and text messages.
While she was at the police station, Bohn called her cellphone, which she placed on speakerphone, the prosecutor said.
"A police sergeant heard Bohn say, among other things, that 'this was war, that he would hunt her down like a dog in the streets, and that he would bash in her skull,'" Brown said.
A judge issued an order of protection against him on June 8.
A neighbor told NBC 4 New York that the couple fought frequently since moving into the third-floor apartment about four months ago.
The neighbor, who has a background in domestic violence counseling, said she urged Thomas to stay away from Bohn. She said Thomas had told her Bohn was abusive.
"I did encourage her to change her phone number and stay away from social media, try not to be in contact with him at all," the neighbor said.
Bohn's attorney Todd Greenberg declined to comment.
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Published at 12:08 PM EDT on Jul 2, 2012