KOLD Investigates: Inmate released, claimed to kill girlfriend same day

The murder of Marika Jones

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - When a warrant was issued for a recently released inmate who failed to check in with a community corrections office, it was likely already too late for his girlfriend.

David James Bohart, 34, was released Monday, Nov. 19, according to records from the Arizona Department of Corrections. Releases are usually done in the morning and individuals have 24 hours to check-in upon leaving prison, according to department spokesman Andrew Wilder.

He said Bohart had approved housing lined up but did not show up. He did not keep his commitment for court-ordered treatment in Cottonwood either, according to the Tucson Police Department.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at 9:12 a.m., Tucson Police received information that a person was either severely injured or dead at a residence near 22nd and Craycroft. Officers responded to the address, but determined the address was incorrect and could not locate anyone by the description of the call. At 3:08 p.m. the same person called and gave police the correct address.

Officers responded to the call, knocked on the door, but did not get an answer. Officers found the door closed, but not locked and entered the home. Marika Jones was located in her bedroom, lying on a bed with a blanket over her body. When, police removed the blanket, they discovered Jones had a knife wound to her chest. Marika Jones was pronounced dead on the scene.

A woman living next to the home near 22nd Street and Craycroft described Jones as a nice woman who seemed recently paranoid. She said, at one point, Jones was pacing outside with the phone to her ear and a gun in her hand.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and James Bohart’s identification card was located along with a box of his personal items.

Bohart was eventually located and arrested at a hotel on the south side of Tucson on Friday, Nov. 23, according to TPD.

In accordance with Arizona’s truth-in-sentencing guideline, Bohart was released after serving 85 percent of his sentence. During one of his two prior stints in state prison, Bohart violated his truth-in-sentencing release, according to his ADC profile.

Wilder stated infractions committed by an individual in prison hurt opportunities for privileges behind bars but do not count against his or her release. That means Bohart’s multiple infractions did not factor into his release on Nov. 19.

His previous convictions include forgery and dangerous drug charges. Police in Tucson arrested Bohart for his outstanding warrant and second degree murder.

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