Glendale teen allegedly strangles man during sex

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A 16-year-old girl is being held on suspicion of second-degree homicide for allegedly strangling a man during a sex act, according to the Glendale Police Department.

Jason Ash, 43, of Phoenix, was found dead Saturday evening in an apartment near Olive and 63rd avenues in Glendale. Police said Ash had a cord around his neck and several cuts on his body.

The girl's mother told police that she had left the apartment while her 16-year-old daughter and her daughter's friend, Ash, were inside. She said she later got a call from her daughter saying that she and Ash were involved in a consensual sex act involving strangulation and the man had died.

The woman returned to the apartment and attempted to render life-saving measures to Ash, according to Sgt. Jay O'Neill. The teen fled the scene but returned to a neighboring apartment where detectives took her into custody.

O'Neill said the teen confessed to strangling Ash and then later cutting him. She was booked on a charge of second-degree homicide.

Police aren't releasing the girl's name because she's a juvenile.

Police said it will be up to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to decide if the teen will be tried as an adult.

O'Neill said there are currently no charges pending against the suspect's mother, however, the case is still under investigation.