Seven years after the suspected death of a mother from a heroin overdose, a Michigan jury found her husband guilty of murdering her by putting a lethal dose of the drug in her breakfast cereal.
Jason Thomas Harris, 47, was convicted Wednesday of first degree murder, summons to murder and delivery of a controlled substance resulting in death.
The coroner had classified the death of Christina Thompson-Harris in September 2014 as an accidental overdose. However, investigators later claimed it was a murder plot the husband hatched at their home in Davison, Genesee County.
Family members insisted that the 36-year-old mother of two do not use drugs. She had given birth four months before the murder and a sample of her frozen breast milk showed no evidence of controlled substances.
Michigan man Jason Thomas Harris, 47, was convicted of first degree murder, solicitation and delivery of a controlled substance that caused death for poisoning his wife with heroin in 2014
Prosecutors said Harris (left) killed Ms. Christina Thompson-Harris, 36 (right) by adding heroin to her breakfast cereal
It was later revealed that Jason had made a failed attempt to hire a hit man to kill Christina and had asked a coworker to provide drugs to help his wife “fall asleep and stop nagging”.
Jason received $ 120,000 worth of life insurance benefits for his wife’s death, and just two weeks later another woman moved into her home.
Harris faces life imprisonment with no parole if convicted on Dec. 10, Mlive.com reported.
“This was a very tragic case and my heart goes out to the family and friends of Christina Harris for their terrible loss,” Genesee County Attorney David Leyton said in a statement following the verdict.
“The circumstances of this case make for a unique story and hit the media headlines, but at heart a family grieves for their loved one and I just hope today’s verdict will help them close as they move forward.” to mourn. ‘
A coroner initially classified Christina’s death as an accidental overdose, but samples of her frozen breast milk showed no traces of drugs
On September 29, 2014, a neighbor discovered Thompson-Harris dead in the family home after receiving a call from Jason asking her to check on her because she didn’t answer his calls and texts.
A coroner initially ruled the woman died from an accidental heroin overdose, but those who knew her insisted Christina had no history of drug addiction, particularly because she was breastfeeding the couple’s four-month-old daughter when she was died.
Tests on Christina’s frozen breast milk revealed no controlled substance, making it even less likely that she had overdosed on heroin.
In the course of the investigation, detectives discovered nearly 5,900 text messages on Jason’s phone to a woman from Providence, Rhode Island, as well as emails and photos sent to several other women
Just nine days after Christina’s death, he bought a plane ticket to visit the woman in Providence.
Harris’ employees at a plastics factory testified in court in 2019 that he was looking for a hit man to kill his wife. He was quoted as asking a colleague about drugs so that his wife would “fall asleep and stop nagging”.
Neighbors told police that shortly after his trip to Rhode Island, a woman and her daughter moved to Davison’s home, where his wife died.
The coroner changed Christina’s cause of death from an accidental drug overdose to murder in August 2019, which led to the arrest of her husband.
Police said Harris’ version of events regarding the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death was incorrect.
He told at least three colleagues and a neighbor that Christina was feeling sick, weak, and hungry, so he poured her a bowl of cereal and milk.
Harris said she tried to eat it but dropped the bowl on the floor, fell off her chair and passed out.
When a colleague asked Jason why he hadn’t called an ambulance, he refused to answer.
Another colleague told investigators that Jason asked about Xanax pills, got five of them, and told his colleague that he put them in Christina’s water.
After Christina’s death, Harris raised $ 120,000 in life insurance payments and brought another woman to her home. He was arrested for murder in 2019
But when she refused to drink it because he liked it, Jason went to another colleague to ask about odorless and tasteless tablets.
Afterward, Jason allegedly asked his colleague Zacariah Shustock if he could hire him to kill Christina for $ 10,000 and said his other hit man was arrested before carrying out the murder plot.
Shustock said during a preliminary hearing in 2019 that he refused but never reported his conversation with Harris to authorities.
Jason’s brother Jeffrey Harris said in court that he knew the father of two had cheated on Christina. ‘
A colleague at the plastics factory where Jason worked until he was fired for drug use previously told investigators that she asked him why she shouldn’t divorce his wife when he wanted her as badly as he claimed.
Harris told her he “just had to get rid of Christina,” but he didn’t want to lose his children or take care of a maintenance or a living, Leyton said.