Man wanted in death of his ex-wife near Walton High
by Geoff Folsom
December 23, 2012 08:15 PM | 19187 views | 11 11 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Kristofak
John Kristofak
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox – Brown

GA. Tag BUV2635
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox – Brown GA. Tag BUV2635 This photo is not of the actual vehicle. It is provided as a reference only.
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EAST COBB — Police are looking for a man as part of the investigation of a homicide that has rattled an upscale neighborhood near Walton High School.

According to Cobb Police, detectives have secured an arrest warrant for 58-year-old John Stephen Kristofak on murder and aggravated assault charges in connection to the death of his ex-wife, Donna Nations Kristofak, 48. Cobb Police and Fire officials found Donna Kristofak unresponsive with serious injuries just before noon Saturday in her home in the 3900 block of Tall Pine Drive after they responded to a 911 call, police said.

Donna Kristofak was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she later died, police said.

Standing near her home on Tall Pine Drive, just across Pine Road from the scene of the homicide, Laurie Marks said a death like this is unheard of for the area, particularly during the holiday season. A few houses down, her street dead ends into the football stadium at Walton, the school that U.S. News & World Report ranked the state’s third best high school, making the neighborhood attractive to families and upper income housing developers in spite of the tough economic times.

“We don’t worry about anything, especially on this side of the street,” she said. “We’re very tight. This is very bizarre.”

Marks said John Kristofak recently spent several months in jail after being arrested in April on aggravated stalking and family violence battery charges. She said she feels he may have been seeking revenge on his ex-wife for what he felt was excessive jail time.

According to the Cobb Superior Court website, John Kristofak’s earlier case was dropped in October after it was heard by Judge Adele Grubbs.

Marks’ son, 20-year-old Shane Marks, said he was friends with the Kristofaks, particularly their son, Harrison, who used to attend Walton and now goes to Dominion Christian Schools in west Cobb, where he is listed as a senior and member of the basketball team. Shane Marks said there were two other Kristofak sons, one who is a freshman at Walton and another, Michael.

Shane Marks said it was common for John Kristofak to yell at his family in front of others.

“He was nice, but he got mad at her and took stuff the wrong way,” Shane Marks said.

Police are limiting the amount of information they release on what happened, said Cobb Police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman.

“We just need to leave it as general as we can right now,” Bowman said.

Police ask anyone who sees John Kristofak, who is considered armed and dangerous, to call 911, while people with information that could help investigators are asked to call (770) 499-3945. John Kristofak was last seen driving a brown Chevrolet Equinox with Georgia tag BUV 2635.
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goodnews2013
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December 26, 2012
God bless Donna and the kids of this family.

I spent time with John in bible study. I got to know him in a way that shows you what someone is made of.

I know he had a very cruel and mean streak, and was one who would often snap due to pent up rage. I also overheard conversations with others regarding his wife being with black men and that was the one thing he would not tolerate, and perhaps the one thing that pushed him over the edge.

There is no excuse for this behavior to say the least.

Other then Kristofak himself, I place part of the blame on Judge Grubbs who released him. She is inept and way to old to be presiding over such life and death cases.

She is known as the "hanging judge" for giving out very harsh sentences to those who may have been caught with pot of pills, but apparently she is OK with those hell bent on murderous rages against X spouses.

Get Judge Grubbs OFF THE BENCH
LMarks
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December 26, 2012
First of all I knew her and am very sad for her loss and her family's ,obviously you already have your opinion of me and this neighborhood and and the insults came from you first and how everyone thinks that just because we live in East Cobb domestic and tragic things like this don't happen. My son was very good friends with her boys and I always enjoyed talking with both Donna and John they were always welcome in our home. No One is self promoting here whats done is done and its very tragic and that it had to happen in the first place!
susan b
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December 25, 2012
Self promotion? Surprise? How dare you throw any insults when a beautiful loving person who was a wonderful mother is murdered. She was one of my closest friends and I find it sad that you are not mourning like the rest of us. It wouldn't matter where we lived, she was a very special person.
anonymous
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December 26, 2012
I made the comment. I do mourn her loss. But I was not commenting on her loss. I was commenting on the naive and ridiculous comment of the neighbor.

To think that domestic violence doesn't occur in the Walton school district is just ridiculous. It's the kind of head in the sand attitude that might have prevented this family from getting the help they needed. How about you, friend? Did you know how bad things were? Might you have helped? I'm sure there is soul searching going on. For those of us not personally involved, is it possible we might be evaluating it more from our brain than our emotions?
LMarks
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December 25, 2012
Earth to All!! First of all this neighborhood has never seen anything like this in over thirty five years in which I have neighbors that have lived on this street for over that. This was not an act of demographics this was a selfish act of domestic violence in which two young boys have not only lost their Mother but their father too and despite the fact that the one young man will have to live with the rest of his life of witnessing his own father kill his mother!!
Skellylaw
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December 24, 2012
You got it wrong .

Kristofak plead guilty before Judge Grubbs and was sentenced by her to jail time and probation.
B. Bunny
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December 24, 2012
As you can see probation kept him from murdering his ex.
not good
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December 24, 2012
Well if what you say is true that he pled out, than at least it wasnt like the rest of them who call the cops, bad guy goes to jail and then the victims want the cases dropped so they dont come to court and then when that person shows up dead the family is like " why wasnt he in prison" well because your loved one didnt go to court to have his sorry ***** put away.
anonymous
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December 24, 2012
Earth to Walton High parents: bad things happen in your neighborhoods too. Doesn't matter how much you self-promote, how surprised you are.

If you knew this guy demeaned his family and maybe even beat them, but excused him because he had a nice job and made good money, it's time to re-think your priorities. Merry Christmas.

B. Bunny
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December 24, 2012
Nice neighborhood? Things are getting much worse in ALL areas of the United States of America! The desperation of someone can and will take down anyone in their path. Even in the make believe nothing bad ever happens in my town places.
AnonymousWHS
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December 24, 2012
Wow - Merry Christmas to you too. Hope your New Year's resolution includes trying to be less mean spirited and a bitter human being.
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