New information was uncovered Tuesday in the death of a Carlsbad High School teacher.
Jason Harper, 39, was found dead of a gunshot wound inside his home by Carlsbad police on August 7. His wife, former real estate agent Julie Harper, has been charged with one count murder just days after she filed for divorce to end the marriage.
The divorce filing accused Jason Harper of abuse and now a new document sheds more details of the state of the Harpers’ marriage.
A Carlsbad police log details a call for help made from the Harpers’ home on Badger Lane November 22, 2011.
In arguing for a lower bail amount at his client’s arraignment Monday, defense attorney Paul Pfingst told the judge his client had called two days before Thanksgiving asking for assistance.
According to the police log, someone called 911 from the home but nothing was heard and the caller then hung up.
Police responded to the home and cleared the scene with a notation in the log “Verbal argument only between husband and wife. No violence or threats. Husband voluntarily left for the time being.”
“My client made the call,” Pfingst said on Monday. “I don’t know who answered the door. I know my client made the call and asked for help. I know help was provided and [Jason] was instructed to leave the home.”
Jason Harper’s family was not asked and did not comment about the allegations of abuse. The victim’s mother Lina Harper showed a new photo of Jason Harper taken two weeks before his death with his 19-month-old son.
Pfingst said his client told him there were threats made at the time. The prosecution said it is not speculating about what was presented at the arraignment but said the appropriate time for that is at the upcoming preliminary hearing.