John Kristofak indicted on multiple counts in the death of his ex-wife
by Lindsay Field
March 01, 2013 04:36 PM | 5350 views | 8 8 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Kristofak - Cobb County Sheriff's Office
John Kristofak - Cobb County Sheriff's Office
MARIETTA — The Cobb County Grand Jury has indicted the Acworth man accused of stabbing his ex-wife to death in her garage in December.

John S. Kristofak, 58, has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, burglary, aggravated stalking and two firearms-possession charges.

The indictment was handed down Thursday.

According to a release from Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds’ office, they believe Kristofak killed his former wife, Donna Nations Kristofak, at her east Cobb home in the 3900 block of Tall Pine Drive on Dec. 22.

After a five-day search, Kristofak was arrested at a motel in Union City, 30 miles south of Marietta.

He continues to be held without bond in the Cobb County Jail.

Reynolds and Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary are prosecuting the case, which is assigned to Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Adele Grubbs.

Mitch Durham, a Marietta attorney, has been appointed to represent Kristofak.

If Kristofak is convicted of all charges, he could face a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 40 years.

His next scheduled court appearance is at 9 a.m. March 20 before Grubbs for a probation revocation hearing on previous stalking charges.

Kristofak had pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking and family violence simple battery charges on Oct. 12.

Grubbs sentenced him to four years and five months probation and seven months in jail, with credit for the time he already served.

He was also given a permanent restraining order, forever banning him from contacting or going within 500 yards of his ex-wife.
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John M
March 17, 2013
Another recent point to consider. David Renz, child pornography offender, arrested, released with restraining conditions (a tracking bracelet, yeah right, which he later removed), only for this guy to kill a mother, and raped her 10-year old daughter. Why released?; court said he was just a citizen charged with a crime and jail is the last option, and they turned him lose on society. Again the legal system defended the judge, he's a great judge they said. See the pattern here. No accountability.

The legal system would like to believe that in most cases releasing doesn't result in this type of outcome. Their basis is to narrow and their risk our lives. The above incident happened in NY. We saw a similar incident here but with more direct evidence of the outcome. The legal system needs to take off the blind fold and open its eyes.
Judge Not
March 05, 2013
Judge Grubbs might not have been able to predict human behavior but this mans dead ex-wife sure did - I guess the judge just didn't know him as well as his victim - tragic
March 02, 2013
If this isn't a death penalty case,then what is?? and how can this be heard by the Judge that the deceased told her on the record that he would kill her??

Grubbs caused
March 02, 2013
Grubbs was the one to blame for this. She allowed him out of jail when the woman plead for her life. Grubbs response to the killing was,"We can't predict human behavior." Explain that to her two boys! Get Grubbs off the bench and off this case!
March 05, 2013
grubbs is the best judge we have. She is the one all the inmates hate because she is not scared to give these thugs what they deserve. You obviously have no clue about any of the judges in cobb county.
not so
March 05, 2013
Grubbs isnt to blame HE is
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