The distraught father of a former Playboy playmate who was found strangled to death in her upmarket Philly condo last week has spoken out, a day after a former convict was arrested and charged in her murder.
Jonathan Wesley Harris, 30, of Johnstown, was taken into custody Wednesday in Pittsburgh as he stepped off a bus, the Lower Merion Police Department and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Harris was charged with first, second and third-degree murder along with robbery, theft and related offenses in the August 22 slaying of Christina Kraft, 36, in the west side suburb of Ardmore.
Law enforcement officials said Harris was just released July 15 from the State Correctional Institution-Greene on recent convictions for drugs and robbery.
Kraft’s father, Stuart Kraft told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday after his arrest: ‘We are going to get justice… big deal that he’s in prison; he’s comfortable there.’
Stuart Kraft is pictured with his late daughter, Christina Kraft, on Facebook. The model was strangled to death last week in her upmarket Philly condo
Jonathan Wesley Harris, 30, of Johnstown, was arrested as he got off a bus in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The former convict texted a friend the same day she was found strangled: ‘I just met this sexy a** white b**** at her house in Ardmore now’
Kraft last saw his eldest daughter two weeks ago, when they met for dinner in New Jersey – where the family is from – before she was found strangled in her bloodstained bedroom.
‘Someone needs to be held responsible for her death,’ Kraft told the Inquirer.
The victim’s father said his family is considering hiring a lawyer to investigate the circumstances of Harris’ recent release from jail.
He described his late model daughter as ‘the brightest light that ever lived,’ and said ‘she was all that.’
Kraft’s father also spoke of his daughter to DailyMail.com last week: ‘She was a happy-go-lucky lady, she loved life.
‘She loved to be around people and she liked to enjoy herself with people and that’s what I think occurred. I think that somebody saw her happiness and took advantage of that.’
An autopsy indicated that Kraft’s nose was fractured and she died of ligature strangulation
Aside from her stint with Playboy, the model appeared in Maxim Magazine, Vanity Fair, Victoria’s Secret and Smashbox Cosmetics during her glamorous career
Aside from her stint with Playboy, the model appeared in Maxim Magazine, Vanity Fair, Victoria’s Secret and Smashbox Cosmetics during her glamorous career, her Model Mayhem bio states.
Police said Kraft took a ride-hailing service to Philadelphia hours before she was murdered, when she met Harris. The two later returned to her Ardmore apartment, into which she had moved the previous week.
Authorities said a tipster pointed them to the defendant after surveillance images were released. The tipster said Harris had indicated in text messages that he had just met a woman and was at her Ardmore residence early on August 22.
Kraft’s body was found in her bloodstained bedroom that evening after police went to check on her welfare. An autopsy indicated that her nose was fractured and she died of ligature strangulation.
According to police, Harris sent a text to a friend saying: ‘I just met this sexy a** white b**** at her house in Ardmore now.’
Harris is thought to be the man who was filmed entering her home hours before she was found dead but never leaving on camera
It was sent a 2.40am the morning she was found dead. Harris is thought to be the man who was filmed entering her home hours before she was found dead but never leaving on camera.
An attorney wasn’t listed for Harris in court documents. A listed number for him couldn’t be found.
Kraft was laid to rest at a funeral service in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Among the mourners was the 36-year-old’s father who greeted others outside the Ventor church after the service.
On Monday, pall bearers carried her out of the church in a white casket and placed it in a hearse adorned with flowers.
Kraft was laid to rest on Wednesday at a church service in New Jersey
The woman’s fiance, Alexander Ciccotelli, was emotional outside afterwards
Kraft’s father, Stuart, shook hands with the funeral director, afterwards
The model was murdered four days after being burgled by Andre Melton.
On August 17, Kraft went out and ‘blacked out’ after ordering an espresso martini at the Sofitel hotel.
The next day, she felt ‘extremely sick’ after waking up in the same clothing she had been wearing the night before.
She knew she ‘did not give anyone permission to enter her residence or permission to take her property’, according to Melton’s arrest warrant.
The congregation emerged from Holy Trinity parish in Ventor, New Jersey somberly
Flower arrangements included purple and white blooms in tribute to the model
Mourners arrive for the funeral of Christina Carlin-Kraft on Wednesday in New Jersey
Kraft (pictured left in 2016 when she was charged with assaulting a restaurant manager and right on vacation) was found dead in the bedroom of her ground-floor apartment in Ardmore, Pennsylvania on Wednesday at 9.15pm
Surveillance footage from August 18 of her looking unsteady on her feet and being held up by a man as she returned home seemed to corroborate the story.
The video, according to police, showed her falling but being picked up and placed into the elevator to head to her second-floor apartment.
The man was then filmed leaving her home with a box of goods.
Melton was later charged with criminal trespass, burglary, and receiving stolen property when Kraft’s designer accessories and jewelry were recovered on his property.
He has not been implicated in her death.
The model just moved into this condo, the Cambridge Square Condominiums, a week ago