JASPER, Ark. — An Arkansas man charged in his girlfriend’s death said he changed the brakes on the car that fell on the woman, but investigators said they couldn’t find any evidence the man had worked on the vehicle.
Johnny Harderson was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of Chasity Bond, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2jrK6gV ) reported.
A court affidavit says Harderson told police he and Bond, who had been in a relationship for about three months, stopped at his sister’s house Dec. 4. Harderson decided to work on a car in his sister’s dirt driveway even though no one was at the Newton County home, the affidavit said.
“According to Harderson, it was dark, he was using a flashlight, and he jacked up the vehicle, removed the right (passenger side) front tire and went inside the residence,” the affidavit said. “Harderson said when he returned, Bond was under the right front of the vehicle, face down, and the vehicle had fallen off the jack and was lying on her head.”
Harderson said he removed the vehicle, replaced the wheel and drove Bond to the house of another sister of his nearby.
Bond’s cause of death was ruled as strangulation and blunt force facial injuries.
Police found no evidence in the driveway of a jack being used to elevate a car. The affidavit also states that Bond suffered a broken nose that should have caused a lot of bleeding, but there was no evidence of blood or dirt on her clothes.
Harderson has also been charged with aggravated assault, and is currently in Newton County Jail in Jasper. Prosecutor David Ethredge said Harderson’s arraignment was scheduled for Friday; bail is set at $300,000.
Online records don’t list an attorney for Harderson.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com