76-year-old woman admits to beating her boyfriend with a bat, documents say

When confronted by police, 76-year-old Thomasine Bennett admitted to beating her boyfriend and led police to the hallway closet where she stowed his battered body.

When asked why, Bennett said, “she was tired of loving him.”

The details of 63-year-old Walter Clark’s fatal beating were made public this week in documents charging Bennett with his death.

Police were called to 720 21st St., NE, a housing complex catering to senior and disabled people, Friday afternoon and found Clark bloody, naked and in the fetal position with visible trauma. Clark was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, and his cause of death was ruled trauma to the body.

According to a police interview, Bennett admitted to beating Clark with a metal baseball bat repeatedly over the course of a day-and-a-half. Bennett told police she was tired of women being all over Clark. According to Bennett, Clark proposed to her in a club on Valentine’s day and in the same night Bennett almost got into a fight with another woman over him.

Upon further investigation, police found a witness who had been in the defendant’s house while she was allegedly beating Clark.

According to the witness interview, the witness said they saw Clark in the backroom with an injured foot. Throughout their time in the house Bennett repeatedly went to the backroom and the witness heard Bennett call Clark a demon while he moaned in pain.

The witness eventually went to the backroom and saw Bennett beating Clark with a metal bat. The witness later escaped after Bennett pulled a gun and threatened to keep them hostage.The witness never called the police.

The last time the witness saw Clark he was in the closet but still alive. According to the witness, Bennett said, “This is where you keep demons and dogs,” referring to the closet.

Bennett is currently being held without bail as she faces second-degree-murder.

The defendant is expected in court Feb. 28 for a preliminary hearing.


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