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The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said a Mandeville man accused of murdering his wife and burglarizing multiple businesses has an extensive criminal history.

George Dargis, 39, was out on bond Saturday when deputies say he killed his estranged wife, 37-year-old Julie Dargis, and burglarized multiple businesses on the North Shore.

Deputies say Dargis was also involved in a crash on the Twin Span Saturday morning. They arrested him after he was released from a hospital. He is booked with second-degree murder, as well as charges related to the burglaries.

"Our victim, Julie Dargis, was stabbed multiple times, blunt facial injuries and her throat was cut. This was a bloody scene, very nasty scene," St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said.

The mother of Julie, Cindy Marange, said her daughter had recently broken things off with her son-in-law. Marange said she started worrying about Julie's safety this past weekend, then she got horrifying news from her other daughter, Jill.  

"Saturday morning at 8:15, my daughter Jill called and she said, 'Mom, George has beaten Julie.' She said, 'She's dead.' And I said, 'No, it can't be. She can't be dead,'" Marange said.

St. Tammany investigators say the parents of George called 911 Saturday morning to report that he had arrived at their home with blood-stained clothes, saying he had hurt his estranged wife.

"Stating that he had made a mistake, committed a serious crime. we were then notified by them to check on the welfare of his estranged wife Julie Dargis," Smith said.

St. Tammany Sheriff's deputies found Julie beaten and stabbed to death at her house Saturday morning in Mandeville.

"When we arrived at the scene, we observed this again, brutal attack and homicide on Julie Dargis, his estranged wife. Her Chevrolet Impala rental car was missing," Smith said.

Deputies arrested George following two burglaries and a robbery in Slidell and New Orleans.

Marange said Julie Dargis recently decided to separate from her husband of two years after she found out he was using drugs.

"They took him to a place I think in Lafayette, his parents and her, and they only kept him for three days," Marange said.

She said George was just in jail last week after an encounter with authorities.

"I spent the day with her Friday, and I begged her to let me spend the night with her that night and she said, 'Mom, I'm ok I'm ok,'" Marange said.

Now, Marange is left in pain with the loss of her youngest daughter. 

"Why didn't he kill himself? Not my daughter. She didn't do anything. She was such a wonderful, wonderful person. The best person. Oh God, she would do anything for anybody," Marange said.

She said they spoke on the phone for multiple times a day, something she will surely miss.

"I don't know how anybody could hurt her because everybody loved her. Everybody loved her," Marange said.

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