Closing Arguments Begin in Murder Trial of Richardson Man Accused of Killing His Girlfriend

A Richardson man testified Tuesday that he was sexting with several other women while his girlfriend lay dead for about a week in the back of his SUV. Jason Lowe, 28, is charged with murder in the death of Jessie Bardwell. Her decomposed body was found May 19, 2016, in rural Farmersville. How the 27-year-old died was never clear, but her cause of death was ruled homicidal violence by authorities in part because of the circumstances that included her body being moved and then hidden. Lowe's murder trial, which started last week, entered its final day later Tuesday as prosecutors and defense lawyers began presenting their closing arguments to the jury. If convicted, Lowe faces up to life in prison. He also would be eligible for parole.Lowe told jurors over two days on the stand that he was in an alternate reality, paralyzed by Bardwell's death, which he said resulted from a fall while the two had sex in the shower. He said he didn't pay attention to time and didn't recall certain events before hearing others testify at his trial. He talked about driving around aimlessly, unable to be around other people."I was trying to hold on to normalcy," he said. Yet evidence presented Tuesday showed text exchanges Lowe had with at least five other women in the days after Bardwell's death. The texts were sexually explicit. Lowe sent several of the women a nude photo of himself. The women sent their own photos to him.   Continue reading...

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