NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A University of Florida law school graduate has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the strangulation death of his ex-girlfriend.
Jason Bohn, 33, was ordered held without bail after entering his plea on Monday.
The beaten and bruised body of 27-year-old Danielle Thomas was found in the couple's Astoria apartment on June 26.
According to a criminal complaint, police discovered Thomas' bruised body laying face up in the bathtub surrounded with bags of ice.
A note found at the scene apparently read, "It was an accident. I had been drinking and I was drunk when I got home. She was already asleep. I woke up and there was fighting between us. When I woke up again she was unconscious. I am sorry."
Bohn told police he had gotten angry and threw Thomas against a wall, prosecutors said.
Bohn's attorney, Todd Greenberg, said his client has a history of mental issues.
"This may not be a case of 'whodunnit' as much as why it happened," Greenberg told CBS 2. "At that extent I do think that Mr. Bohn's mental capacity will become an issue in this case."
Bohn is being held in protective custody at Bellevue Hospital and will remain there until his next court appearance in September.
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