Arizona Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend Day He Got Out of Prison

David James Bohart is accused of killing Marika Jones.
Tucson Police; Facebook

An Arizona man has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend on the same day he was released from three-year stint in prison, officials said.

The Tucson Police Department on Wednesday received a tip from a man identifying himself as an attorney from out of state. The unidentified caller told cops he had information about a person who “may be seriously injured or deceased” at a home on the 5700 block of East 24th Street.

Officers found the house at the address mentioned unlocked and discovered the body of Marika Jones, a 49-year-old mother, inside, authorities said. She had been stabbed to death.

Police said had already been searching the area for two days when they discovered Jones’ body, as a man had called 911 last Monday saying he had just been released from prison and that he had killed his girlfriend. But that caller didn’t provide an exact address of where to find his girlfriend’s body and used a false name, police said. 

When investigators discovered Jones, they also found a Department of Corrections file box belonging to 34-year-old David James Bohart, who had been released from prison the same day the first call to 911 was made. 

Bohart had served three years for possession or use of dangerous drugs, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. He was ordered by the court to check into a treatment facility in Cottonwood after his release, but Bohart never made it there. When he failed to check in, an absconding warrant was issued for his arrest.

Bohart was arrested at a hotel on Friday. He is being held at the Pima County Jail for absconding and on suspicion of second-degree murder in Jones’ death. 

Jones and Bohart had been involved since at least 2014, according to social media.

Jones appeared to have first shared photos of Bohart on Facebook in July of that year. She shared another image of him in what appeared to be a prison jumpsuit in August 2014, captioning it, “My man.”

Her last relationship update on Facebook was in July 2016, when she changed her status to “It’s Complicated,” but she had given herself Bohart’s last name on the platform. 

A motive in Jones’ death was not immediately clear.

Authorities asked that anyone with information in her death to call 88-CRIME, at 520-882-7463. Callers can remain anonymous.

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