Gwinnett man charged in girlfriend’s stabbing death was out on bond

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Gwinnett man charged in girlfriend’s stabbing death was out on bond

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Police captured Jesse Bodie, who was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend. (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)

Jesse Bodie was out on bond when his girlfriend was stabbed to death Monday.

Bodie, 33, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts in connection with Vera Tulbure’s death. Tulbure was stabbed multiple times in her Suwanee home Monday afternoon and died later that evening. 

Bodie is also jailed on an unrelated cruelty to children charge.

Both Bodie and Tulbure were charged with battery after a May 28 domestic dispute. Tulbure told a Gwinnett County police officer that Bodie began arguing with her when she got out of the shower, angry that her parents were in their home, a police report said. During the argument, Bodie punched Tulbure in the face, Tulbure told police. Tulbure told her father that Bodie had hit her, and Bodie and Tulbure’s father “got into a tussle,” the report said.

Bodie told police that he, Tulbure and Tulbure’s parents were having a “heated” conversation in which Bodie accused Tulbure of lying about abusive behavior. Bodie also told police that when he and Tulbure’s father began fighting, Tulbure cut him on the back with a knife.

Tulbure had a bruise under her left eye and Bodie had multiple cut marks on his back when police arrived, the report said. “Almost all” of the cut marks on Bodie did not break the skin, police said.

The officer arrested both Bodie and Tulbure because they had differing accounts of the fight and both were injured. The incident occurred in the same home where Tulbure was found with stab wounds by a family member Monday.

Tulbure bonded out of the Gwinnett County Detention Center on May 28, the same day as the fight. Bodie was released on bond on June 22, according to court records. 

Tulbure and Bodie got restraining orders against each other on Aug. 3. The stabbing occurred four days later. 

Bodie is currently being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on the murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and terroristic threats and acts charges.

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The accused killer requested a court appointed attorney
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