Man Accused Of Killing Woman Hours After He Was Released From Prison

November 26, 2018
By: Catherine Townsend

Photo by: David James Bohart [Tucson Police Department]

David James Bohart [Tucson Police Department]

A man is accused of killing a woman hours after he was released from an Arizona prison, police said on Saturday.

Police and members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force took David James Bohart, 34, into custody at a hotel and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Marika L. Jones, 49.

Officers found her body with stab wounds at a house on the day before Thanksgiving, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.

Authorities arrived at the residence in the 5700 block of East 24th Street, after receiving a call from a man who identified himself as a lawyer from out of state and claimed to have information about the killing.

Police have also said that a man using a fake name called 911 on Monday to report that he had just been released from prison and killed his girlfriend, according to the news release.

But that person did not give an address, and officers were reportedly unable to find anything that day.

Once they were inside the residence, detectives located a Department of Corrections file box belonging to Bohart, according to KOLD-TV.

Bohart was released on November 19 from the Tucson state prison complex, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections website.

He had served a three-year sentence for possession or use of dangerous drugs.

After he failed to check in to a court-ordered treatment facility, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Bohart is currently in custody, and his bail has been set at $100,000.

Bohart had previously been incarcerated twice, once after being convicted of forgery and the second time for possession or use of dangerous drugs.

Police have asked anyone with information about the case to contact the Tucson Police Department at 520-88-CRIME (909-88-27463).

Read more: AZ Central

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