Jason Matthew Balzer is charged with murdering his Thai wife whom he said he did not know was three months pregnant (Pictures: ViralPress/AP)
An American man allegedly murdered his pregnant Thai wife after she tried to chase him out of the house he bought her. Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, of Longmont, Colorado, was interrogated on Friday in the northern Thailand town of Nan around the death of his wife, Pitchaporn Kidchob, 32.
Balzer was arrested on Thursday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and confessed to killing Pitchaporn, according to Maj Gen Weerachon Boontawee, who is chief of the Provincial Police Region 5 Detective Department.
The husband said that Pitchaporn had ‘given him hope’ and that he married her and bought her a house in Nan, where she is from. Balzer claimed he got angry when she tried to chase him out and that he used a knife to stab her, Weerachon said.
Balzer sealed Pitchaporn’s body in a garbage bin and buried it in the woods about three miles from the home, the police officer said. The husband then drove to Chiang Mai, where he was detained.
Police contacted by Pitchaporn’s mother went to the couple’s house and discovered bloodstains.
Balzer claimed he was not aware that his wife was three months pregnant, Provincial Police Region 5 commander Prachuab Wongsuk told the newspaper Thai Rath.
A programmer, Balzer apparently met Pitchaporn in her country in 2017 and the two got married in the US. Balzer then quit his job, sold all his property and moved to Nan with Pitchaporn, according to the newspaper.
Balzer appeared to have a criminal record in the US.
In December 2019, Balzer pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault in Boulder District Court and got two years of probation, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. Balzer was reportedly initially charged with attempted murder and six related charges, but the victim failed to testify in court.
Balzer and another man were also discovered transporting 72 guns in Mead, Colorado, in December during a traffic stop, the Greeley Tribune reported.
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