Donald James Bohana, 60, appeared in the courtroom for his arraignment, handcuffed and wearing "county blues"--the Los Angeles jail's standard-issue blue jumpsuit. At Bohana's attorney's request, Superior Court Justice John Reid reset arraignment for Wednesday. At that time, Reid will also hold a bail hearing. Reid then ordered Bohana back to county jail.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Bohana at his home Friday. It was there that 39-year-old Delores Jackson was found drowned early in the morning of August 27, 1994. Bohana had been dating Delores since she and Tito divorced in 1988 after 16 years of marriage.
Bohana maintained that they were swimming together, he got out for a moment, and when he returned, Jackson was dead. Authorities believed him and declared the death accidental.
But after an autopsy, the county coroner's office listed the death as suspicious, noting that Jackson suffered "blunt force traumatic injuries," which suggested she was attacked before drowning. That led the district attorney's office to reopen the case, with a grand jury indicting Bohana on murder charges.
All the while, Tito and family maintained that Bohana was responsible for the death of his ex-wife and that the D.A.'s office was dragging its heels. Tito filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of his sons and his mother Katherine Jackson, alleging Delores died after a night of abuse.
The Jackson family lawyer said that Tito and his sons were on a concert tour of Europe, but knew that Bohana was arrested and facing a murder rap. "The family has been suffering for two-and-a-half years," attorney Brian Oxman said today. "They're relieved to know the case is finally being prosecuted in the manner it should."