A man accused of killing a Pascagoula woman in Richardson, Texas, was indicted by a Collin County, Texas, grand jury on Wednesday.
Jason Lowe, 27, was jailed in May in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Jessie Bardwell.
Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said was happy the grand jury accepted his department's evidence in the case.
“We think we have a strong case and that it’s going well,” Perlich said. “The next step is to have a trial date set if it gets to that.”
According to the Dallas Morning News, the grand jury is still uncertain exactly how Bardwell died.
“The coroner said the cause of death was homicidal violence,” Perlich said. “That’s the cause of death listed on the death certificate.”
The coroner’s report was obtained by the Dallas Morning News on Thursday. The report revealed that Bardwell’s “severely decomposed body was found wrapped in a navy blue fitted sheet secured with a knotted red strap around it.
Bardwell was living with Lowe in Richardson, a suburb north of Dallas, when she was reported missing on May 9 after her family did not hear from her on Mother’s Day.
She had moved to Richardson with Lowe in December. Lowe has a history of drug arrests in Jackson.
Although Bardwell’s body had not been found, Lowe was arrested on a murder charge on Monday, May 16. Perlich said at the time of Lowe’s arrest that there was “strong evidence” to indicate a murder had taken place at Lowe’s home.
An affidavit filed in Collin County claimed that bullet holes and the “strong smell of decaying flesh” were found in Lowe’s apartment.
Bardwell’s body was found in a field in a rural part of Texas. The body was positively identified as Bardwell 10 days later.