A California Freeway Patrol captain on go away in Tennessee was discovered useless of a gunshot wound days after an arrest within the deadly capturing of her husband in Kentucky and her personal arrest on suspicion of trespassing at his girlfriend’s home, police reviews obtained by The Instances present.
Julie Harding, 49, was discovered useless Saturday in a house in a rural space close to the Kentucky border, stated CHP spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Wayland. Her demise comes two days after a Napa, Calif., man was arrested in reference to the October slaying of her husband, Michael Harding, 53.
Julie Harding’s demise is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, however officers have stated foul play shouldn’t be suspected.
A supply accustomed to the Kentucky-based investigation who was not licensed to talk publicly concerning the demise of Michael Harding stated investigators are specializing in whether or not the Napa man was concerned in a murder-for-hire plot related to the CHP commander.
Julie Harding, who had 22 years of service with the CHP, headed the division’s Yuba-Sutter workplace since 2018, Wayland stated. He couldn’t say how lengthy Harding had been on go away, however officers stated she and her husband owned property in Tennessee, the place Harding was staying.
Two days earlier than her demise, Harding was booked into the Rutherford County, Tenn., jail — about 100 miles away from the house the place her physique was discovered within the metropolis of Celina — on suspicion of prison trespassing, in keeping with a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
In accordance with police reviews, the Hardings had been going via a divorce, and the CHP captain had been harassing her husband’s girlfriend, who was recognized as Natasha Davis.
Davis informed police that Harding had trespassed on her property in October and tried to take again the Hardings’ canine, which Davis had been conserving.
Michael Harding was reported lacking Sept. 18 from his dwelling in Celina. It was not instantly clear who filed the lacking individuals report. He was final reported to be in Kentucky, within the close by Cumberland County space, in keeping with police appeals to the general public to assist discover him.
His physique was found on Sept. 26 in a vacant dwelling being offered in Cumberland County, authorities stated. He had been shot a number of occasions, in keeping with the county coroner’s workplace.
Kentucky authorities reached out to Tennessee and California legislation enforcement in addition to the FBI for assist in the investigation, stated State Police Trooper 1st Class Jonathan Houk.
Thomas Francis O’Donnell of Napa was recognized as a suspect in Michael Harding’s demise, Houk stated, and was arrested Thursday at Sacramento Worldwide Airport.
O’Donnell, 60, is being held with out bail pending extradition to Kentucky, reserving data present.
Authorities are nonetheless working to find out whether or not there’s a connection between the deaths of the Hardings, however police have already outlined a disturbing relationship between the CHP captain and Davis.
Police data from Tennessee point out that “Davis expressed fear of Julie because Michael was shot in the head.”
Two weeks after Michael Harding’s physique was discovered, Julie Harding was recorded on a Ring digital camera getting into Davis’ dwelling with out consent to take a canine named Charlie, which was owned by the Hardings, police data present. Davis informed police she had indicated she would hand over the canine at a police station, however Harding opened her entrance door on Oct. 10 and grabbed the canine by its collar and took him, in keeping with a Tennessee report looking for a warrant for Harding’s arrest.
Three days later, Davis reported to police that her Netflix account had been hacked. Davis stated that one profile had been altered to point out her identify with a photograph of a monkey, and that the “second profile was named Julie with an angry princess picture.”