Fugitive wanted in Georgia slaying is apprehended in Union City

BY JEFF MARTIN ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA (AP) – Law officers quietly moved guests to safety at a Union City motel Thursday morning before bursting in and surprising a fugitive wanted in the slaying of his ex-wife in the Atlanta suburbs, federal agents said. John Stephen Kristofak, 58, was apprehended early Thursday after a brief struggle, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. He is wanted on charges of aggravated assault and murder in the death of his 48-year-old ex-wife, Donna Nations Kristofak, authorities said.
In the pre-dawn hours Thursday, federal agents and officers from Cobb County and Union City had the motel under surveillance after a tip that Kristofak was inside. Once guests were safely moved away from the area, police showed up at Kristofak's door, said Gavin Duffy, a supervisory inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service. "He had no idea we were sitting outside until we actually arrested him," Duffy said. There was a brief struggle before Kristofak was taken into custody in his motel room, Duffy said, but no major injuries. Donna Nations Kristofak was found unresponsive in her Marietta home on Saturday and later died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Kristofak had been charged with stalking his ex-wife earlier this year. He had called her at work a dozen times and sent her threatening emails, authorities said. 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. It wasn't known early Thursday whether Kristofak has an attorney or when his initial court appearance would be. The arrest was made by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Cobb County sheriff's fugitive unit. Kristofak was being held without bond Thursday morning at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on the murder and aggravated assault charges, Cobb County authorities said. © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More Local

Marijuana possession charges

Evans Middle School chorus teacher resigns

By Celia Shortt celia@newnan.com Evans Middle School Chorus teacher Johnny Holloway resigned from the Coweta County School System on Monday ... Read More


County sets millage rates, ends old fire district tax

The Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to stop levying property taxes in the old Coweta County Fire Protection District, kno ... Read More


Animal control officers visit for annual conference

Last week, the Southeastern Animal Control Association held its training conference in Newnan, and more than 70 attendees visited from six d ... Read More


UWG Alumni

Send-off held for incoming Coweta freshmen

By Celia Shortt celia@newnan.com University of West Georgia Alumni and the Coweta Alumni Council held the second Coweta County Freshman Send ... Read More


Annexation approved

County does away with higher density zoning

Coweta County’s “RI-B” zoning district is no more. On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to remove th ... Read More

Woman rolls out of vehicle during turn

A woman fell out of a vehicle while it was in motion Tuesday and was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital with minor injuries. Around 12: ... Read More