Chen Bond Hearing Paints Events that Led to Pace’s Death
Content Warning: Some of the details in this article are disturbing.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The man accused of murdering 22 year old Jasmine Pace had his bond hearing today in Chattanooga.
Prosecutors outlined how they say Jason Chen murdered 22 year old Jasmine Pace. Testimony from witnesses detailed startling evidence from the crime scene at Chen’s apartment on Tremont Street and Pace’s autopsy.
Dr. Stephen Cogswell, the Chief Medical Deputy at the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office said that, “Primarily, there’s a total of 60, that is six-zero, sharp force injuries. That’s stab wounds and cuts in varying sizes.”
Cogswell says at some point during the stabbings, Pace was shackled in handcuffs connected from her ankles to her wrists, with only her left hand free
The lead detective on the case, Zack Crawford , pointed to blood evidence to determine that she was murdered inside of Chen’s apartment. Phone records show Chen went to Suck Creek Road where a suitcase was discovered stuffed with Pace’s corpse.
Jason Chen’s mother, Shufang Chen, testified that her husband and she received a visit from someone not with law enforcement asking for Jason and mentioning that he was quote, “connected with a missing girl.” Chen said that she contacted her son and asked him to come home, but flip flopped her answers on whether or not she knew he was a suspect in the disappearance of Jasmine Pace. She claimed that he stayed at their house until law enforcement came to arrest him, but Investigator Crawford said phone records painted a different picture.
District Attorney Coty Wamp asked Crawford, “Can you tell me when that phone pinged, what location you went to in Nashville?”
Crawford responded, “That’s correct.”
Wamp asked, “What was it?”
Crawford responded, “The Nashville metro airport.”
Wamp asked, “And how close could that phone ping put Mr. Chen’s phone to the Nashville airport?”
Crawford responded, “100 meters or less.”
District Attorney Wamp argued that his connections around the world to Nashville, New York, and China combined with the alleged nature of the crimes presented made Chen someone she did not want to see back on the streets.
Wamp passionately argued, “The fact I have to say the word garbage bag and package when we’re dealing with a 23 year old young woman who has friends and family who care about her is heinous.”
Hamilton County Judge Larry Ables set Chen’s bond at five million dollars, and if Chen were to somehow meet that bond he would be under house arrest and strict geographic restrictions.