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New twist unfolds in multi-state homicide thriller involving CHP commander

New twist unfolds in multi-state homicide thriller involving CHP commander


SACRAMENTO — Two mysterious deaths and an arrest in Sacramento are the result of a months-long tale that started when Michael Harding disappeared in September.

In line with courtroom paperwork, legislation enforcement data, and interviews with individuals who knew the estranged husband and spouse, CBS13 has compiled a timeline of occasions.

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A Napa guy arrested on the Sacramento Global Airport Thurs., Dec. 8 waived his proper to an extradition listening to Wednesday and waits within the Sacramento County Primary Prison. He’ll be extradited to Kentucky in connection to the capturing dying of the husband of a California Freeway Patrol Captain who was once additionally discovered lifeless on Sat., Dec. 10 in Tennessee. 

Thomas O’Donnell, 60, faces a homicide rate in Kentucky for the capturing dying of Michael Harding, who was once present in a house on Glasgow Street in Burkesville, Kentucky on September 26. Harding went lacking and was once closing observed within the southcentral Kentucky space, in line with a social media publish made on the time by way of the Clay County Sheriff’s Place of job, in Tennessee, and was once formally reported lacking on September 20. 

On the time, Michael Harding was once in the midst of a divorce, in line with courtroom paperwork, along with his spouse Julie Harding, a CHP captain within the Yuba-Sutter space, who filed for divorce in Might 2022. 

The 2 deaths and an arrest in Sacramento are the result of a months-long tale that started when Michael Harding disappeared in September, reported lacking by way of police in Tennessee. In line with courtroom paperwork, legislation enforcement data, and interviews with individuals who knew the estranged husband and spouse, CBS13 has compiled a timeline of occasions.

September 2022: Michael Harding is reported lacking 

Michael Harding purchased a house in Celina, Tennessee in October 2019, along side his spouse Julie Harding. A chum who lives in Tennessee informed CBS13 the similar yr Michael moved his trade, Across the Clock Heating and Air, to Tennessee from Sacramento. 

Neighbors within the Hardings’ Sacramento group informed CBS13 Michael lived on the house first, and when he married Julie, the couple shared the house. They have been “great” however did not spend a large number of time at house, in line with one neighbor, who stated it gave the impression their paintings schedules saved them clear of house ceaselessly. 

In September, Michael was once reported lacking after his circle of relatives didn’t listen from him for consecutive days. A photograph shared by way of legislation enforcement on the time confirmed Michael’s truck on a safety digicam in Kentucky within the Bowling Inexperienced and Cumberland County spaces. 

On September 26, Michael was once discovered lifeless in a house on Glasgow Street in Burkesville, Kentucky. Government informed CBS13 Michael didn’t have a recognized connection to the house. The home itself was once in the marketplace on the market, he have been shot more than one instances in line with police. He was once present in the house by way of a realtor. 

On the time of his dying, Michael was once in the midst of the divorce, in line with courtroom paperwork, and was once estranged from Julie. The investigation into his dying is being led by way of the Kentucky State Police. 

October 2022: Harassment and legal trespassing court cases are filed in opposition to Julie Harding

The primary incident that landed Julie Harding within the crosshairs of Tennessee legislation enforcement was once on October 10, in line with the Murfreesboro Police Division. 

Michael Harding’s female friend, who recognized herself as such to police, reported on October 13 that Julie have been harassing her since Michael’s dying. The lady filed a file after Julie criminally trespassed at her house and the girl informed police she was once “in concern of Julie” as a result of “Michael have been shot within the head as his reason behind dying.” 

Michael was once residing along with his female friend on the time of his dying. 

The lady reported that Julie hacked her Netflix account and deleted all of the profiles however two: one was once hers with a monkey image and the opposite was once named Julie and had an “offended princess” image. 

On a separate instance October 10, the girl reported that Julie opened her entrance door with out her consent to take custody of Michael’s canine named Charlie. The canine, in line with Michael’s female friend, belonged to Julie and Michael and when he went lacking a month previous, his female friend took custody of the canine to care for it.

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Michael’s female friend informed Julie she was once keen to present the canine to Julie in the event that they have been to take action on the Murfreesboro Police Division. When Julie referred to as the canine on the entrance door, in line with the file, the canine got here towards her and he or she reached inside of, grabbed the canine by way of its collar and left. 

An officer famous he referred to as Julie and left a voicemail however was once not able to get involved on the time of the file.

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December 8, 2022: Julie and the suspect in Michael’s dying have been arrested at the similar day

Ultimate Thursday, Julie Harding and Thomas O’Donnell, the suspect in Michael Harding’s capturing dying, have been arrested greater than 2,000 miles aside: Harding in Tennessee and O’Donnell in Sacramento. 

Harding’s arrest got here after a legal trespassing grievance filed with the Murfreesboro Police Division by way of Michael Harding’s female friend in October. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Place of job, in Tennessee, served the warrant and took her into custody. The dept won lend a hand in her arrest from the Clay County Sheriff’s Place of job.

Julie was once launched from custody at the similar day. 

At the similar day, on the Sacramento Global Airport, government arrested O’Donnell, a Napa resident. Sacramento government assisted within the arrest however aren’t the charging company. 

Kentucky State Police and the FBI led O’Donnell’s arrest, the main points of his fees will come after he’s officially charged upon his arrival to Kentucky. 

O’Donnell is being held within the Sacramento County Primary Prison whilst he awaits extradition to Kentucky to stand a homicide rate within the capturing dying of Michael Harding. 

December 10, 2022: Julie Harding discovered lifeless in Tennessee 

A mail provider discovered Julie lifeless within the backyard of the Celina, Tennessee house she purchased along with her husband in 2019. It gave the impression she died of a unmarried gunshot wound to the pinnacle. 

In a California Freeway Patrol interior memo, Julie’s dying was once referred to as a suicide. A proper reason behind dying shall be issued by way of the scientific examiner’s workplace in Nashville in 8-12 weeks.

Tennessee’s Bureau of Investigation showed to CBS13 that whilst “no foul play” is suspected in her dying, they might now not ascertain presently that it was once a suicide. 

The week of Julie’s dying, the Harding’s next-door neighbor in Sacramento informed CBS13 that FBI brokers swarmed their house with weapons drawn. The neighbor stated an FBI agent stated there was once no risk to the group and the brokers have been on the house to ship a seek warrant. 

An FBI spokesperson on the Sacramento FBI box workplace informed CBS13 that knowledge in this investigation would come from the Louisville FBI box workplace. 

Dig Deeper: Who’s Thomas O’Donnell? 

The suspect looking ahead to extradition to Kentucky for the capturing homicide of Michael Harding has a legal historical past in Texas. 

The fees come with criminal stalking and harassment in 2006. He was once additionally charged with DUI in 2008. 

CBS13 is operating to substantiate O’Donnell’s imaginable connection to the Hardings and his respectable fees. As soon as he’s extradited to Kentucky and served his arrest warrant, the main points on why he was once arrested in Sacramento and his fees must change into public. At the moment they continue to be underneath seal. 


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