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Man Allegedly Stabs Woman To Death Just Hours After Being Released From Prison

The victim, 49-year-old Marika L. Jones, allegedly had an Arizona Department of Corrections file box in her home that led police to suspect David James Bohart. 

By Jill Sederstrom

A man allegedly stabbed an Arizona woman to death just hours after he was released from prison.

David James Bohart, 34, was released from the state prison complex in Tucson last Monday. While he was supposed to check into a court-ordered treatment facility that day, he never showed up; however, police said they did receive an anonymous call to 911 the same from someone who claimed he had just been released from prison and had killed his girlfriend.

Tucson Police began to investigate the call, but the caller had given a fake name and they were unable to determine the exact address where the alleged incident occurred, they said in a release.

On Wednesday, police received a second call from someone identifying himself as an out-of-state attorney who said he believed there was a person seriously injured or deceased at a Tucson residence. When officers arrived at the scene they discovered the victim, Marika L. Jones, 49, dead with "obvious signs of sharp force trauma."

They also discovered a Department of Corrections file box with Bohart's name at the residence, according to KOLD-TV.

Police had already issued an "absconding warrant" for Bohart's arrest after he had failed to show up at the treatment facility.

He was apprehended Friday at a Tucson hotel by police and U.S. Marhals.

He is now facing one count of second-degree murder in Jones' death.  

Police have not confirmed the exact relationship between the two, but there is a Facebook page of a Marika Jones-Bohart that includes an August 2014 post featuring a picture of David Bohart wearing an orange prison jumpsuit alongside the caption "my man." It's not clear if they were ever officially married or were still in a relationship at the time of her death.

Bohart himself created a new Facebook account after his release in which he listed his relationship status as "it's complicated."

Bohart had served three years in prison for possession or use of dangerous drugs, before his release last week, Fox News reports.

[Photo: Tucson Police]

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