The Province

Ex-con accused of murder on first day of freedom


A man is accused of killing a woman on the same day he was released from an Arizona prison, authoritie­s said Saturday.

David James Bohart was arrested at a hotel Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Marika L. Jones, 49. Tucson police said they found her body with stab wounds at a house two days earlier as well as a file of prison records on Bohart.

He was released Monday from the Tucson state prison complex, where he served a three-year sentence for possession or use of dangerous drugs, the Arizona Department of Correction­s website said. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to check in to a courtorder­ed treatment facility, police said.

Bohart, 34, remained in jail Saturday. Online court records don’t list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Police say Jones’ body was found after a man identifyin­g himself as a lawyer from out of state called police Wednesday with informatio­n about a possible killing at the home. Authoritie­s didn’t release the caller’s identity.

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