BATON ROUGE, La. (TCD) — Police arrested a 37-year-old woman this week who allegedly beat an elderly victim to death during a dispute about the suspect’s boyfriend.
The Baton Rouge Police Department alleges that on Thursday, Nov. 2, Denise Law killed 66-year-old Melinda Reed at 3532 Riverway Drive. Reed sustained severe injuries to her head and face and was transported to a local hospital, where police said she later died.
According to an affidavit obtained by The Advocate, Law allegedly confronted Reed inside a house at around 2:40 p.m. because Law believed Reed wanted a relationship with her boyfriend. Their dispute continued outside, where Law allegedly hit Reed with a metal walker.
A witness reportedly informed police that Reed fell to the ground, and Law continued striking her until bystanders intervened. According to The Advocate, Law also tossed Reed’s cellphone into a storm drain, which was later retrieved by firefighters.
Police arrested Law and booked her into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of first-degree murder.
The investigation is ongoing.
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