Mandeville man accused of killing estranged wife in 'brutal attack,' St. Tammany sheriff says

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 03:44:57 AM. A Mandeville man allegedly killed his estranged wife on Saturday in what one St. Tammany official called a “brutal attack.”

A Mandeville man allegedly killed his estranged wife on Saturday in what one St. Tammany official called a “brutal attack.”

On Monday, St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith released new details in the death of Julie Dargis, 37, at a home in the 500 block of Smith Street in Mandeville. Smith said that an autopsy done Monday found that Dargis was stabbed and her throat was cut.

Dargis’ estranged husband, 39-year-old George Dargis, was arrested in connection with the homicide after a crash on the Interstate 10 twin-span in Orleans Parish. 

Smith said that George and Julie Dargis had recently separated but were still married. Julie Dargis had previously reported one domestic-related incident, “but she was reluctant to pursue it,” Smith said. He did not give further details in that incident but said Julie Dargis had not filed a restraining order against her husband.

George Dargis' parents alerted deputies after their son arrived at their Slidell-area home on Saturday morning with blood on his clothing, saying that he had "hurt" his estranged wife, Smith said. 

George Dargis is also accused in a string of business burglaries early Saturday along U.S. 190. In all four burglaries, the perpetrator had driven or backed his vehicle into Eddie’s Grocery, a Dollar General in Lacombe, Lishman’s in Lacombe and the Lacombe Car Wash.

Following his release from a New Orleans hospital, Dargis was returned to St. Tammany and booked on second-degree murder, burglary and other counts.

Dargis also was arrested on Tuesday following a vehicular chase in the Slidell area. He was booked on reckless operation, felony aggravated flight from an officer and possession of drugs. He was released on bail Thursday.

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