A Yakima County judge Monday found there is enough evidence to hold a Tieton man in the case of a woman who was found strangled in May.
During a brief hearing Monday, Edward Jonathan Peyser, 56, was ordered held on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Jennifer Crystal Patterson, 33.
Judge David Elofson ordered Peyser held on $100,000 bond and set a formal arraignment for Dec. 9.
Patterson had been seen with Peyser up until the day before her partially burned body was discovered in a field May 4 in the 100 block of North Tieton Road, sheriff’s detectives said in May. He was arrested shortly after, but then released because prosecutors said they needed more time to pursue evidence.
Among the new evidence disclosed in an affidavit in support of the charges against Peyser were several statements from friends and acquaintances allegedly detailing strange behavior in the days after Patterson’s death, an autopsy report detectives said showed Patterson was sexually assaulted before she died, and related evidence detectives said is a partial DNA match with Peyser.
He was arrested again Friday by detectives from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.