Bail for George Dargis, the St. Tammany Parish man accused of killing his estranged wife Saturday, has been set at $2.5 million, but 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery filed a motion Wednesday asking that he be held without bail.
Dargis, 39, had been out on bail last week when he is accused of killing Julie Marange Dargis, his 37-year-old wife from whom he had recently separated. St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith described the slaying as an especially brutal crime.
Coroner Dr. Charles Preston said Julie Dargis died of multiple sharp and blunt-force injuries to the head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities.
"The level of violence involved in this slaying was both brutal and disturbing," Preston said in a news release. "In my years of work as an emergency room physician and in my nearly four years as St. Tammany Parish coroner, it is difficult to recall a comparable case."
Smith said earlier in the week that George Dargis had been involved in a domestic violence incident with the victim but that she had been reluctant to pursue charges.
In his motion to revoke the $2.5 million bail, Montgomery cited the fact that Dargis had been released on bail days earlier for counts that included possession of a controlled dangerous substance, aggravated flight from an officer and reckless operation of a vehicle. That bail was $12,750.
"On Dec. 2, only two days after being released on bond, the defendant was arrested for second-degree murder, unauthorized entry of a business, three counts of simple criminal damage to property, two counts of simple burglary and simple robbery," the motion said.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Dargis left his wife's home in the Mandeville area in her rental car and used the vehicle to crash into several businesses along U.S. 190 in burglary attempts. He later showed up at the home of his parents, with whom he was living, covered in blood and saying he had "hurt" his wife.
The motion also cites Dargis' "extensive criminal history," including two convictions for theft, one for burglary and one for aggravated flight, all in Baton Rouge.
The motion does not refer to his convictions in the 22nd Judicial District, the most recent being a guilty plea in 2014 to a felony charge of illegal possession of stolen things. He pleaded guilty to two felony battery charges in 2012, and in 2004 he pleaded guilty to a spate of felonies, including possession of a controlled dangerous substance.