Slain woman begged judge not to free ex-husband

ATLANTA — A woman stabbed to death in her suburban Atlanta home had pleaded with a judge not to release her ex-husband from jail, saying she feared she would not survive if he was free.

The ex-husband, 58-year-old John Stephen Kristofak, was apprehended Thursday at a Union City motel and charged with murder in the death of his 48-year-old ex-wife, Donna Nations Kristofak.

In October, Donna Kristofak begged Cobb County Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs not to release him from jail, saying she feared for her life and worried that a court order of protection from her ex-husband would not keep her safe. He was later released.

The judge said she couldn't comment on the case, but said that "you cannot predict human behavior."

The judge said that people asked a similar question after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

"After Newtown people ask, 'How can we stop someone before they do something?,'" Grubbs said. "We don't do that."


kevin 2 years, 5 months ago

Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs must have gotten a little pay under the table to release this nut case. Quote: " but said that "you cannot predict human behavior." Yes, that is true but you can keep such a person in jail. That was your stupid choice and now you have a murder that you may have caused on your record. Remember this come next election. This is just another example of why the second amended should be considered by all legal citizens; own a gun(s) to protect yourself.


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