When Christina “Christy” Ann Thompson-Harris was found unconscious at her Davison, Michigan, home on September 29, 2014, her loved ones hoped for her to get better. However, the case took a dark turn when authorities declared her dead and claimed that she had a shocking amount of narcotics in her. Investigation Discovery’s ‘Fatal Flaw: Secrets in the Freezer’ as well as AMC+’s True Crime Story: Citizen Detective’ chronicles the gruesome murder and shows how the contents of her freezer helped solve the case. If you are intrigued and want to find out more, we have you covered.
How did Christina Ann Thompson-Harris Die?
Christina Ann Thompson-Harris was a 36-year-old mother of two who resided with her husband at their Davison, Michigan, home. Although neighbors and loved ones knew that her marriage had fallen on hard times, they noted she never gave up and continued being a devoted mother to their children. Plus, she was also described as a down-to-earth and kindhearted individual who welcomed everyone with a smile and was always ready to extend a helping hand.
Loved by her family and friends, Christina is sorely missed to this day. On September 29, 2014, Christina was found unresponsive in her home, and her loved ones began fearing the worst. Once authorities reached the scene, they declared her dead and found a light-colored fluid around her mouth, which made them suspect drug play. Thus, Christina’s body was immediately sent in for an autopsy, which eventually confirmed she had died from a drug overdose.
According to the official report, Christina had a massive amount of narcotics inside her, which proved fatal and led to her death. Her manner of death was initially classified as accidental. However, when her family insisted that she was not a person to indulge in any sort of drug abuse, especially as she was a breastfeeding mother, the matter was dug deeper into. Hence, around five years after the fact, her death was classified as intentional murder and the police began their homicide investigation.
Who Killed Christina Ann Thompson-Harris?
The initial investigation into Christina’s murder was relatively slow as the police did not have any serious cause. If it was an accident, there was no point in utilizing resources. However, during their interviews with the victim’s family, the officials learned that Christina had a very rocky relationship with her husband, Jason Harris, which did immediately make him a person of interest. Interestingly, although Jason insisted on his innocence and claimed he had nothing to do with his wife’s murder, he was seen dating a new girl within a week after Christina’s death, strengthening suspicions.
On the other hand, the shows portrayed how several people who knew Jason came forward and claimed he was in contact with several women, even before his wife’s death, and was known to flirt with them from time to time. Nevertheless, the police had to rule out the possibility of Christina taking drugs on her own, and the contents of her refrigerator helped in this regard.
As Christina’s second daughter was merely an infant at the time, she used to keep her fridge stocked with frozen breast milk. A lot of this was later given to her parents as they usually took care of the children at night. That’s where the police obtained it from, before ultimately sending it in for testing, and the lab determined that Christina was drug-free almost right up to the day of her murder. Around this time, one of Jason’s co-workers also came forward to claim that he had sold the suspect Xanax in the days leading up to the murder. Additionally, more of Jason’s colleagues soon insisted that he often used to speak of his wife in a condescending tone and had even talked about taking her life.
In fact, some of the witnesses mentioned that Jason had talked about killing his wife by poisoning her bowl of cereal. At the same time, his sister also approached detectives and asserted that her brother had in fact spoken about ways to end Christina’s life. Thus, on August 27, 2019, armed with several witness statements as well as a lot of circumstantial evidence, authorities finally arrested Jason Harris and charged him with murder.
Where Is Jason Harris Now?
When presented in court, Jason Harris insisted on his innocence and pled not guilty. He hence stood trial, where the jury did not believe him and instead found him guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, solicitation of homicide, and delivery of controlled substances causing death. His motive was seemingly payout from her life insurance police to start a new life alongside a new woman. As a result, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2021. And so, to this very day, the nearly 50-year-old remains behind bars at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, Michigan.