Tennessee man accused of beating girlfriend to death with hammer
09/22/2022 12:07 pm PDT
DEKALB COUNTY, Tenn. (TCD) -- A 35-year-old man stands accused of fatally beating his girlfriend with a hammer.
According to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, Smithville Police Department officers responded to a home on South Mountain Street to a report of possible domestic violence. At the scene, authorities reportedly found Yuri Guerra, 39, deceased.
The arrest warrant obtained by WJLE-FM alleges that the victim's boyfriend, Simon Rodriguez Martinez, intentionally hit the victim in the head with a hammer repeatedly. Three children were reportedly in the home during the incident, ages 14, 5, and 5 months. The Department of Children Services took the juveniles into custody, WJLE reports.
Martinez reportedly told authorities he cleaned up his deceased girlfriend's blood, took a shower, moved the murder weapon, and threw away the clothes he was wearing during the alleged attack. Martinez also admitted to hitting his girlfriend in the head with a hammer following an argument, WJLE reports.
Martinez's stepdaughter allegedly witnessed Martinez fatally attacking Guerra.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Martinez was arrested and booked into DeKalb County Jail for first-degree murder. He remains held without bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 29.
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