Deliberations Continue in the Trial of Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend, Hiding Her Body in Farmersville

MCKINNEY -- A jury of eight women and four men began deliberating Wednesday morning the fate of a Richardson man accused of killing his girlfriend last year.Prosecutors asked jurors to find Jason Lowe guilty of murder in closing arguments Tuesday night while defense attorneys said the evidence over five days called for a not guilty verdict. Jurors also have the option of finding Lowe guilty of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide. If convicted, a prior agreement with prosecutors calls for Lowe to serve no more than 50 years in prison. He is also eligible for probation.The body of 27-year-old Jessie Bardwell was found in rural Farmersville on May 19, 2016. Lowe, 28, testified during the trial that Bardwell's death was an accident. He described how the two had taken a common date rape drug called GHB and were having sex in the shower when he slipped and pushed her.Lowe said Bardwell struck her head on the wall and then the edge of the bathtub. He said he should have called 911 but instead they decided to lie down and go to sleep. He woke up hours later but she never did, he told the jury."It's a tragedy, not murder," defense attorney Maria Tu said in closing arguments.  Continue reading...

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