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John Kristofak, Ga. man sought in ex-wife's slaying, arrested at motel, authorities say

John Kristofak Cobb County Police

John Kristofak
Cobb County Police

(CBS/AP) UNION CITY, Ga. - Police said a man wanted in the slaying of his ex-wife was arrested at a motel early Thursday morning after a brief struggle.

John Kristofak, 58, was wanted on charges of aggravated assault and murder in the death of his 48-year-old ex-wife, Donna Kristofak, authorities said. She was found unresponsive in her home on Saturday and later died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Authorities said Kristofak was charged with stalking his ex-wife earlier this year. He called her at work a dozen times and sent her threatening emails.

Authorities said they had the motel under surveillance, and took Kristofak into custody Thursday after he entered the motel room.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement that their agents joined the search for Kristofak after he was identified as "the primary suspect" in his ex-wife's killing. The arrest was made by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Cobb County Fugitive Unit.

  • Crimesider Staff

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