Police charge Cobb County man with murder in ex-wife's death - CBS46 News

Police charge Cobb County man with murder in ex-wife's death

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A Cobb County man has been charged with murder and aggravated assault after police said he killed his ex-wife.

John Stephen Kristofak, 58, was arrested at a Union City Motel 6 early Thursday.

According to a statement, investigators were able to pinpoint Kristofak's location, conduct surveillance, then arrest him after a brief struggle inside a hotel room. A firearm was found in the room.

Police said Kristofak (a.k.a. Wayne Beach or Tom Peterson) attacked his ex-wife Donna Nations Kristofak, 48, in her home on Tall Pine Drive near Marietta and then took off.

Donna Kristofak was found unresponsive at the house Saturday. She was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where she later died.

A police report shows that Donna Kristofak died from a single stab wound to the torso.

CBS Atlanta News was told the couple has had problems in the past.

Court documents gave some disturbing details about when Kristofak was arrested back in March for stalking his ex-wife.

The documents show Kristofak called the victim's office 12 times and used vile and vulgar language to her and her coworkers.

There were also several threatening emails.

One email said, "I warned you never to cut me off from my children. You did and you will pay."

Another email just 17 minutes later said, "Have you ever been hit by a car going 140 mph not knowing where it's coming from?"

Kristofak pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated stalking and went to jail, but was recently let out.

Police believed the fugitive was heading to Jacksonville, FL.

The suspect appeared to be following the case on the Internet and communicating through emails.

The Marietta Daily Journal is reporting it received emails from the suspect saying "By the time you get this, I will be dead."

The suspect rambles on about a troubled divorce before eventually admitting to the murder saying, "There is no justifying what I did and I'm sure I will burn in Hell for it."

CBS Atlanta News spoke with an attorney who represented Kristofak during his stalking case back in March. 

He wouldn't comment on the murder, but when our reporter asked why his former client was let out of jail, he said, "It's the way the court system works. You can't just keep him locked up forever."

Kristofak will be held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond.

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