REDDING, Calif. - The man accused of killing a Redding woman with a phone charging cord appeared back in court on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The hearing was short, setting the future dates for the case, but it was also emotional as family from both sides of this case were present. Wednesday was a setting hearing, which set the date for his plea disposition on Dec. 17, and a preliminary hearing for Dec. 19.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Jerome Dzwonek, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 20-year-old Larissa Cole. The court documents provided below reveal details on the investigation.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, Redding Police Officers responded to the scene where an unresponsive female, Larissa Cole, was found dead near Viking Skate Fun Center.
Through the investigation, after officers viewed home security footage from Cole’s mothers’ home, Cole was observed leaving the house at approximately 11:10 p.m., wearing the clothing she was found dead in at the Viking Skate Fun Center, the report stated.
Throughout additional interviews with witnesses that were at a house on Butte Street, said Cole left early Sunday morning, Oct. 27, with a man, believed to be Jerome Dzwonek. According to the reports, Cole and Dzwonek had been communicating via text messages.
Cole’s phone was examined, the last messages Cole sent were to Jerome Dzwonek, the report shows. The messages indicated that Dzwonek picked Cole up from the 2000 block of Butte Street at around 7 a.m.
Dzwonek was interviewed by investigators and confessed to taking Cole to the area of Turtle Bay and the Redding Rodeo grounds where he said they smoked marijuana, that he said he believes, was laced with meth, the police report stated.
In the police report, investigators said, Dzwonek talked about moving from the area of the boat ramp to the dirt area behind Viking Skate Fun Center. He talked about continuing to smoke marijuana and then falling asleep. He stated he woke up and saw Cole leaving the vehicle and he suspected that she was stealing his car keys and wallet.
Dzwonek said in order to stop Cole, he exited the car and noticed a phone charging cord hanging from Cole’s purse. He said he put the phone cord around her neck and strangled Cole, the police report said. Dzwonek talked about how he started to let go of the cord and when Cole began to move, he said he tightened the cord again and counted to “30” while holding the cord around her neck, the police report reveals.
Also, In the police report, it stated that when Cole became unresponsive, Dzwonek said he left her body behind Viking Skate Fun Center up against the building. He gathered her purse, cell phone, and a flannel shirt and drove back to his house.
Dzwonek said he learned of Cole’s body being found through the news.
Search warrants were served on Dzwonek’s vehicle and residence, in Dzwonek’s car, officers said they located blood on the back seat of the vehicle. Dzwonek could not provide investigators with an explanation of why there would be blood in the back of his car, the report said.
Dzwonek was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on the charges of first-degree Murder.
Action News Now will be in court those days and continue to closely follow all of the developments in the coming trial.
Read the documents from the Shasta County District Attorney below:
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