- Last Updated: 6:15 AM, July 1, 2012
- Posted: 1:47 AM, July 1, 2012
“It was an accident,” a sicko lawyer whined over and over in dramatic notes left at the scene of the coldblooded murder of his 27-year-old girlfriend in Queens, authorities said yesterday.
“I had been drinking and I was drunk when I got home,” Jason Bohn, 33, allegedly wrote after fatally beating up-and-coming Weight Watchers executive Danielle Thomas.
“She was already asleep. I woke up and there was fighting between us. When I woke up again she was unconscious. I am sorry.”
He repeated his plea that the killing was an accident several times, Queens DA Richard Brown said in a statement.
In the second note, Bohn allegedly wrote: “Dani, I will love you forever.”
Police found the handwritten notes in the Astoria apartment Bohn shared with Thomas, with whom he carried on a tumultuous and often violent relationship over the last year.
Bohn had been expected to turn himself in Friday to cops in Astoria’s 114th Precinct.
But by Friday evening, cops decided they’d waited long enough.
So they went looking for him at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in White Plains, where they found him dining with his lawyer and his mother, publishing executive Maureen O’Connell. Eight plainclothes cops handcuffed Bohn without incident in the packed restaurant, a witness said.
Bohn’s lawyer, Todd Greenberg, said it was simply a last meal, and that “police intercepted us before the surrender.”
Bohn faces up to 25 years in prison on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated criminal contempt, first-degree criminal contempt and tampering with physical evidence.
He walked slowly toward the defense table in Queens Criminal Court yesterday and said nothing as Greenberg entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.
Judge Barry Kron ordered Bohn held on suicide watch in protective custody until his next court appearance, on Thursday, when bail will be set.
Thomas’ heartbroken mother, Jamie Thomas Bright, flew from Danville, Ky., to New York yesterday to identify her daughter’s body. She could hardly bear to look at the badly beaten corpse, so she asked a family friend to look at the autopsy photos first.
“It’s her,” the friend, Paula Thomason, told the grieving mom.
Bright sobbed as she recognized her only child.
“It was very hard for Jamie to look at it,” Thomason told The Post. “It was very difficult. She was definitely beat up.”
“It was reality hitting her, seeing her daughter like that,” added the friend. “She had a mix of emotions — and there was some anger in there for Jason, too.”
Bright will return home with her daughter’s body today.
Friends and family members said Bohn was a possessive boyfriend who sought excuses to fight with Thomas.
Bohn beat her so severely in a fight on May 24 that her bruises were still showing two weeks later, when Thomas, desperate, got a restraining order.
After the slaying, Bohn allegedly tried to cover his tracks by using Thomas’ cellphone to send her friends text messages in which he pretended to be her.
In one of those texts, he wrote that Thomas was “fine,” and pretended she was attending last week’s Gay Pride parade in Manhattan.
Bohn kept her body in an ice-filled bathtub in their Astoria apartment, where cops found her on Tuesday night.