American kills Thai wife

Charged: Police escorting Balzer before charging him in Chiang Mai. — AP

POLICE in the country said they have charged a US citizen from the state of Colorado with murdering his pregnant Thai wife.

Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was interrogated yesterday in the northern city of Nan where he had lived with Pitchaporn Kidchob, said police Lt-Col Somkiat Ruam-ngern.

The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of death.

Balzer was arrested on Thursday in Chiang Mai and confessed to killing his 32-year-old wife, said Maj-Gen Weerachon Boontawee, chief of Provincial Police Region 5’s Detective Department.

Balzer’s last known residence in the US was in Longmont, Colorado.

According to Weerachon, Balzer said Pitchaporn had “given him hope”, so he married her and bought her a house in Nan.

Balzer said he became enraged when she tried to chase him out, so he stabbed her with a knife, the police officer said.

He said Balzer put her body in a rubbish bin that he sealed and buried in the woods about 5km from their home. Balzer then rode a motorbike to Chiang Mai, where he was arrested, Weerachon said.

Police had been alerted to a possible crime when Pitchaporn’s mother, who was unable to reach her daughter by phone, went to the couple’s house and found bloodstains.Balzer, a programmer, met Pitchaporn in Thailand in 2017 and they were married in the US, after which Balzer quit his job, sold all his property and moved to Nan, the newspaper Thai Rath reported.

According to media reports from Colorado, Balzer has been in previous legal trouble.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that Balzer in December 2019 pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault in Boulder District Court and was sentenced to two years’ probation.

It said he had originally been charged with attempted murder, but his victim would not testify in court. — AP

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