Police: Man accused of murdering model says they fought over payment for drugs

Jonathan Harris was ordered to stand trial on all charges in the murder of Christina Carlin-Kraft.

Jim Melwert
October 05, 2018 - 3:29 pm
Jonathan Harris and Christina Kraft

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- The man accused of killing a former Playboy model inside her Montgomery County condo in August told police he went there to sell her cocaine, but things spiraled out of control after an apparent misunderstanding of payment. That’s according to testimony at his preliminary hearing on Friday.

Jonathan Harris was silent as he was led from the courtroom, but he appeared to nod when he was asked if he was sorry.

Harris was ordered to stand trial on all charges, including first degree murder, in the death of 36-year-old Christina Carlin-Kraft on August 22 inside her second-floor condo at the Cambridge Square complex along the 100 block of Sibley Avenue in Ardmore.

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According to a confession, which detectives say Harris gave after he was arrested in Pittsburgh, Harris went to Kraft's apartment to sell her cocaine. He told investigators they drank three bottles of wine and then had sexual intercourse. Afterwards, Harris says he demanded $1,200 for the drugs. But he says she refused to pay him, telling him that was why they had sex.

After a violent struggle, Harris says he left through the back door and jumped off her balcony. He claims she was still alive when he left her.

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But prosecutor Brianna Ringwood says the body was found wrapped in sheets and a throw rug.

“My argument today was from that you can infer his intent to hide and remove the body,” Ringwood said.

As he left the court room, Kraft’s father, holding a photo of his daughter in a cheerleading outfit, said simply, he just wants justice to prevail.

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An arraignment for Harris is scheduled in Norristown on November 28.