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Husband arrested after being linked to Wife’s murder in Murrieta
Posted By Bill Gould, Publisher On May 22, 2008 @ 3:29 pm
Suspect nabbed after attempting to get custody of kids at local courthouse
Murrieta, California - At 1030am this morning, detectives from the Murrieta Police Department arrested Kelle Lee Jarka, 39 yrs. old, for the murder of his wife, Isabelle Jarka. The arrest occurred after Kelle Jarka made an appearance at the Southwest Justice Center in the Family Court where he was attempting to regain custody of his two children. The children have been staying with relatives of Isabelle Jarka since her murder on 4/28/2008.
On 4/28/2008 at 845am the Murrieta Police Department responded to the Jarka home in the 39600 block of Tamarisk St. Kelle Jarka called 9-1-1 to report his home had been burglarized while he left the residence to run errands which included shopping for more baby formula, despite the fact there was plenty of baby formula in the home.
Over the past month, Murrieta detectives and forensic investigators from the California Department of Justice have been diligently and painstakingly analyzing evidence collected from the family home, Kelle Jarka’s vehicles and his personal belongings. On the morning of April 28th, Kelle Jarka’s initial call to 9-1-1 was to report the burglary and he did not immediately reveal to police dispatchers that his wife may have been murdered until 26 seconds into the call. Detectives have been able to determine several of Kelle Jarka’s initial and subsequent statements were inconsistent with the substantial amount of the evidence collected at the crime scene as well as additional evidence discovered over the course of the investigation.
Detectives believe the forensic evidence demonstrates Kelle Jarka intentionally staged the crime scene to make his home appear to have been burglarized by an intruder. Detectives believe Kelle Jarka intentionally destroyed some of the physical evidence before he called police. Additionally, Kelle Jarka purchased several life insurance policies in his wife’s name within weeks of her murder which totaled over $1,000,000 in value.
Domestic Violence a local issue
The murder of Isabelle Jarka appears to be a case of domestic violence. Since 2003, six of the last eight homicides in Murrieta have been domestic violence related, where the victim was murdered either by an estranged or current boyfriend or husband. One additional homicide during this period involved the murder of an infant by the mother’s boyfriend.