A woman in Louisiana was arrested last week after police said she killed a 66-year-old woman by beating her with a walker. The motive behind the attack was that the elderly woman was allegedly trying to steal the perpetraitor’s boyfriend.
37-year-old Denise Amy Law was arrested on Thursday and charged with one count of first-degree murder in the beating death of 66-year-old Melinda Reed, according to authorities.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, detectives responded on Thursday to a call about a female victim of a physical assault in the 3500 block of Riverway Drive. Upon arrival, first responders found Reed suffering from multiple injuries to her head and face.
Reed was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Law and Reed got into an argument just before 2:40 p.m. Witnesses told investigators that the altercation stemmed from Law accusing Reed of attempting to pursue a romantic relationship with Law’s boyfriend.
Law and Reed continued their altercation, which then moved outside to the driveway, where a fight broke out, according to court documents. At some point during the fight, Law is said to have grabbed a metal walker and repeatedly struck Reed in the head with it.
One witness told the police that Reed was knocked to the ground by the blows from the walker, while Law allegedly continued to strike her with it. Law reportedly did not stop beating Reed with the walker until several nearby bystanders pulled her off.
Authorities said that their investigation remains ongoing and urged anyone with information relevant to Reed’s death to contact BRPD’s Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
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