Jessica Burlew, 16, will face trial as an adult in the strangulation death of her 43-year-old boyfriend, Jason Ash, during a sex act.(Photo: Provided to The Arizona Republic)
GLENDALE, Ariz. - A 16-year-old girl arrested Saturday in connection with strangling her 43-year-old boyfriend during sexual activities will face trial as an adult after officials agreed to charge her with second-degree murder, according to court documents.
Saturday night police were called to an apartment complex after they
received a call from Tracey Woodside, Jessica Burlew's mother, stating
that she believed her daughter's boyfriend, Jason Ash, was dead.
police say Burlew used an electrical wire to choke Jason Ash during
what she claimed to be a consensual sex act. When Ash seemed to have
passed out, Burlew told officers she cut him with a razor to get him to
respond. She told officers that she continued to cut him to relieve her
own stress, according to the documents.
Ash was declared dead at about 5:45 p.m., according to the documents.
Burlew told police she and Ash would often engage in these types of activities prior to sex, according to the documents.
said she had been home for a time before the death but had left to take
out the trash when she received a call from Burlew who said that Ash,
43, was dead and it was "bad."
Burlew told Woodside that she and
Ash were playing sex games and he was cut on the arms and strangled with
an electrical cord. Burlew claims he did not say the "safety word."
returned to the apartment to find Ash lying on the bed with a cord
around his neck and cuts all over his body. She left with Burlew to call
911 and, with help from dispatch, began to give chest compressions.
Burlew fled the scene.
Burlew then returned to a neighboring
apartment where she was identified by a resident and taken into custody
by Glendale police.
Burlew was interviewed by police and admitted
to causing the death of Ash by consensual strangulation. She claimed
they engaged in acts like these often before sex.
admitted to cutting Ash with a razor blade after she strangled him to
try and get a response out of him after she thought he had passed out.
She claims she did not get a response so she continued to cut him to
"alleviate stress" from the situation.
Police searched the
apartment that Ash was found in and discovered evidence of cutting and
strangulation, which included an electrical cord around the neck of Ash,
medical paperwork addressing self-mutilation involving Burlew, razor
blades on the bed and a piece of paper with song lyrics referencing
"Change or Die."
Another piece of paper that contained a reference to being a "human sculpture" was also found in the kitchen.
to Woodside, Burlew spent a lot of time on the computer typing up
lyrics. Woodside told police that Burlew has a history of self-harm by