- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A law school graduate charged with killing his financial analyst girlfriend in their Queens home is poised to go on trial on a murder charge.

Jury selection started Monday in Jason Bohn’s trial. Authorities have said he beat and strangled Danielle Thomas in June 2012 after a violent relationship.

The New York Post (http://bit.ly/1hPjEcH) says defense lawyer Todd Greenberg has filed papers saying the 34-year-old Bohn suffered “extreme emotional disturbance.” The papers say “maternal abandonment” caused his emotional problems.

About three weeks before her death, the 27-year-old Thomas told police Bohn had beaten her so severely she ended up on crutches.

The Queens district attorney’s office has said officers heard Bohn threaten to bash in Thomas‘ skull when he called her cell phone while she was at a police station.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com