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Man accused of stabbing pregnant wife to death

Swanson allegedly bought ice pick at hardware store

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:00 am

SANDPOINT - A Priest River man is being held without bail for allegedly stabbing his wife to death and killing their unborn child on Tuesday night.

Jeremy Keith Swanson, 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Swanson made an initial appearance in magistrate court on Wednesday via video feed from the Bonner County Jail.

Judge Barbara Buchanan ordered him held without bond and appointed a public defender to represent him, court records show.

Swanson indicated he wanted to plead to the charges during the hearing, but Buchanan would not allow it. A preliminary hearing to determine if Swanson should be tried in 1st District Court is pending.

Swanson admitted to stabbing Jennifer Swanson to death and was aware she was 15 weeks pregnant with their child, according to testimony given at a probable cause hearing that preceded his initial court appearance.

Jeremy Swanson reported the killings to Bonner Dispatch at 8:45 p.m. They occurred at the couple's home in the 300 block of Harriet Street in Priest River.

"The motive is not all that clear," Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall said after Wednesday's hearings.

The couple's 20-month old daughter was in the home at the time of the killings, but was not harmed. She is in the custody of relatives and a court order was entered that prohibits Jeremy Swanson from being in contact with the child.

There were reports Wednesday that Jennifer Swanson, also 27, was pregnant with twins, but Marshall said those reports could not be immediately confirmed.

Jennifer Swanson's autopsy is scheduled for today.

Jeremy Swanson was interviewed late Tuesday night and again on Wednesday afternoon, according to unsealed probable cause hearing testimony.

Sheriff's detectives testified that Jeremy Swanson initially stated the killings were spontaneous.

"He wanted to make it stop," Det. Sgt. Gary Johnston said, referring to the arguing.

However, investigators discovered a computer in the home showed at least three Internet search histories for methods of killing somebody with an ice pick and knife.

Confronted with the discovery, Jeremy Swanson admitted in the second interview that the killings were planned, detectives testified. Jeremy Swanson told investigators he left his job at dietary supplement manufacturer Thorne Research in Dover, drove to Priest River and purchased an ice pick at a hardware store.

Jeremy Swanson told detectives he picked up sandwiches for he and his wife and returned home, where an argument ensued.

"He tells us he's actually doing this research on how to kill with an ice pick while she's in the living room and they're in the middle of an argument," Det. Phil Stella testified.

Jennifer Swanson eventually retired to their bedroom due to morning sickness and Jeremy Swanson told detectives he later attacked her with an ice pick and a kitchen knife as she lay in bed.

"He continued to stab her until she didn't move anymore," Det. Sgt. Gary Johnston testified, citing the defendant's statements.

Charging documents state Jennifer Swanson was stabbed multiple times in the head, chest and back. The pick and a medium-sized kitchen knife were recovered from the body, detectives told the court.

Jeremy Swanson said he was not under the influence of prescription medications, illegal drugs or alcohol at the time of the killing and detectives said he did not appear to be impaired during the first interview.

"He was sitting there in a kind of semi-catatonic state," Johnston said of Swanson's demeanor.

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  • PreistRiverBites posted at 7:23 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    PreistRiverBites Posts: 1

    I know this guy. Im really great freinds with his younger brother. His wife Jennifer was a sweet woman, she didn't deserve this. I swear that Preist River is cursed.

  • mister d posted at 6:50 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    AMEN lone wolf. I am glad you list it as gender violence as either sex can initiate it.

  • truthful1 posted at 2:44 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    the truth is rarely appreciated

  • 3GenNative posted at 2:03 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    3GenNative Posts: 191

    The Truth be told!
    Lone Wolf, Thank You

  • 3GenNative posted at 2:00 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    3GenNative Posts: 191

    and.....Shame on You!

  • 3GenNative posted at 1:48 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    3GenNative Posts: 191

    Shame on You!!

  • lone wolf posted at 11:35 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    lone wolf Posts: 245

    The lack of empathy for this woman, mother and daughter is appalling.
    My heart and blessing go out to her family and friends.

    Please consider what we can do as a society to stop the violence!

    I opine the following resource as a good start.

    "Gender Violence: What Men Can Do
    •Recognize and change our own our misogynistic beliefs, attitudes, and behavior.
    •Challenge men who subjugate, belittle, abuse or control women, and encourage them to get help.
    •Avoid blaming the victim and hold the abuser accountable.
    •Tell victims of gender violence, "It's not your fault," and "You have a right not be violated."
    •Call the police when we become aware of domestic violence.
    •Approach gender violence as a men's issue.
    •Advocate group treatment and discourage couple counseling for abusive men.
    •Talk about gender violence and act as role models for youth, exhibiting respect and egalitarianism in our relationships with women.
    •Raise awareness about domestic abuse, including the need to call the police in our neighborhood associations and other groups.
    •Encourage education and discussion of gender inequality, abuse, and oppressive social structures in our families, places of worship, work-settings.
    •Confront and report men who engage in sexual harassment.
    •Confront degrading jokes about women.
    •Refrain from using or supporting the pornography industry and other media that objectifies, oppresses, or maligns women.
    •Unlearn our habit of looking at women as objects.
    •Avoid using women sexually for self-aggrandizement, and challenge men who do.
    •Expand the definition of being a provider for our families to include nurturing.
    •Support and participate in men's personal growth activities and movements.
    •Work to raise our sons and other boys to be compassionate and socially conscious in order to help them create respectful relationships and safe communities.
    •Support anti-bullying interventions in our schools.
    •Become more emotionally connected to other men, working to develop intimacy with both men and women.
    •Support organizations, community activities, and legislation that empower women.
    •Reach out to female friends and colleagues who are being harassed or abused.
    •Confront homophobia and, more specifically, accusations of homosexuality that are used to silence men who speak out against gender.
    •Speak out, remembering that our complacency and silence contributes to gender violence.
    •Develop our full humanity, establish respectful lives, and create safe and caring communities.


    What Men Can Do About Domestic Abuse Toward Women

    •Confront degrading jokes regarding women.
    •Not use or support the pornography industry.
    •Recognize and change our own abusive and/or controlling behavior.
    •Avoid blaming the victim.
    •Work to hold the abuser accountable.
    •Support the empowerment of women.
    •Develop our humanity.
    •Become more emotionally connected to other men.
    •Talk about and role model to youth egalitarian and respectful relationships with women.
    •Challenge men who are abusive or controlling to their partners.
    •Call the police when becoming aware of domestic abuse.
    •Tell victims of domestic abuse, "it's not your fault," "you have a right to not be abused."
    •Educate others about domestic abuse.
    •Encourage discussion of domestic abuse in your church, workplace, family, etc.
    •Support domestic violence legislation.
    •Raise awareness about domestic abuse and the need to call the police in your neighborhood association.
    •Unlearn objectifying of women.
    •Get out of your gender straightjacket.
    •Heal rather than hurt our partners.
    •Avoid derogatory language.
    •Support anti-bullying intervention in your schools.
    •Don't put young boys and girls in gender straightjackets.
    •Confront and report sexual harassment.
    •Support legislation and cultural activities that empower women.
    •Support and participate in men's personal growth activities and movements.
    •Expand the definition of being a provider for your family to include nurturing.
    •Develop intimacy in your life."

  • truthful1 posted at 10:52 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    If he would have shot her, local republicans would have been on his side.

  • Old Gyrene posted at 7:12 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Old Gyrene Posts: 95

    Ban all sharp, pointy instruments.

  • Old Gyrene posted at 7:10 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Old Gyrene Posts: 95

    Okay, time to ban knives.

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