A man believed to have killed a woman in a midtown home was arrested Friday, authorities say.

David James Bohart, 34, was booked into the Pima County Jail and faces one count of second-degree murder, a Tucson police news release said.

On Wednesday, officers received a call from a man saying he was an "attorney from out of state" who knew about a person seriously injured or dead at a home in the 5700 block of East 24th Street, the release said.

Officers found Marika L. Jones, 49, dead from obvious signs of sharp force trauma inside the home.

Detectives found Jones' body in the general area first reported Monday by another unidentified man who told police he killed his girlfriend after being released from prison.

The man only provided authorities with a general area of where the incident happened. Officers searched but found nothing Monday.

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After finding Jones, detectives discovered a Department of Corrections file belonging to Bohart. They confirmed he'd been released from prison and there was an arrest warrant for failing to check into a treatment facility in Cottonwood, Ariz.

Bohart was arrested Friday at a Tucson hotel with assistance from members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and booked into jail.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 88-CRIME.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1


Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.