Police: Idaho man stabs pregnant wife to death with knife, ice pick

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a northern Idaho man who police say stabbed to death his pregnant wife at their Priest River home.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the hearing for 27-year-old Jeremy Keith Swanson, who faces two counts of first-degree murder, has been moved from Wednesday to Jan. 23.

According to court documents, prosecutors and Swanson's defense attorney moved to postpone the hearing because the defense was waiting for investigative and other reports.

Court records say Swanson told authorities he knew 27-year-old Jennifer Marie Bosch-Swanson was 15 weeks pregnant when he stabbed her to death on Dec. 18. Police said the couple's 20-month-old daughter was also in the home at the time but she was not harmed.

Police said Swanson before the killing did an Internet search involving torturing a person by inflicting ice pick wounds that didn't immediately cause death and that wouldn't be detected by an autopsy.

Police said Swanson, when confronted with the Internet search information, told police he planned the killing and purchased an ice pick at a hardware store to carry it out.

Police said Swanson told them he and his wife were arguing and his wife eventually went to the bedroom due to morning sickness to lie down, and that's where he attacked her on the bed with an ice pick and kitchen knife. The criminal complaint against Swanson said his wife suffered multiple wounds to her head, chest and back. A motive has not been established.

Swanson is being held without bail at the Bonner County Jail.

A memorial for Bosch-Swanson is planned for Saturday at the Blanchard Community Church.