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Independence man charged in woman's stabbing death

Posted: 1:24 PM, Apr 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-23 18:24:12Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Independence man has been charged in the deadly stabbing of Theresa Chrisman. 

Jared Witthar, 32, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. 

According to court documents, on March 20, Kansas City, Missouri police officers were sent to Sheffield Park in regard to a body. When officers arrived, they found the victim, later identified as Chrisman, dead in a wooded area. 

The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide due to multiple stab wounds. 

Court documents say a witness told detectives Chrisman told them she was meeting her ex-boyfriend, Witthar, on March 15. During the investigation, detectives were contacted by several people who said Witthar had a history of violence and jealousy involving Chrisman. 

According to court documents, investigators found traces of Chrisman’s blood in her car. Officers also found a knife at the park where Chrisman’s body was found. Court documents say investigators found Chrisman’s blood on the blade. They also determined Witthar was a possible contributor of DNA found on the knife handle. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000. 

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