A 76-year-old woman is accused of beating her boyfriend to death with a metal baseball bat because she was tired of loving him.
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department received a call to “investigate the trouble” at a northeast Washington D.C. residence just before 1 p.m. on February 17.
Upon arrival, the officers located an unresponsive adult male with apparent trauma to his body inside of a closet. The bloodied man, identified by police as 63-year-old Walter Mack Clark, was naked and lying in the fetal position with his hands bound, NBC Washington reported.
Clark was transported to a local hospital, where officials say he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Thomasine Bennett, who identified Clark as her boyfriend, reportedly admitted to beating him with a metal baseball bat over the course of a day and a half. She had claimed Clark forced her to smoke a street drug called “Love Boat” the night before the alleged assault.
Bennett, 76, said, “she was tired of loving him and tired of him being with other women,” NBC Washington reported, sourcing court documents. She said Clark had asked her to marry him on Valentine’s Day.
The pair reportedly met at a home for senior citizens where Clark lived.
Bennett was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill. Her charge was later upgraded to first-degree murder while armed after an autopsy revealed Clark died of blunt force trauma.
Those close to Clark are struggling to understand the motive behind his brutal death.
“I’m in disbelief,” Clark’s daughter, Timeka Murphy, told The Washington Post. “It’s hard to take in. I just want justice to be served. I just want to know why. I want to know the truth behind everything.”
Clark’s family believes money may have been a motive for the alleged murder, as Clark recently received a $5,200 settlement from a car accident injury.
Bennett remains in custody without bond. She is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on February 28.
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