A Gig Harbor man accused of the beating death of his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Monday.
The woman, who was injured between Sept. 23 and Sept. 27, died in the hospital of her injuries last Friday, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said.
Probable cause documents stated that Kathryn Southward, 29, had been taken to Tacoma General Hospital Sept. 27 with bruises, a collapsed lung, three broken ribs and other injuries. Her boyfriend, 41-year-old William Barry Selley, told officials she fell and injured herself multiple times Sept. 23 after drinking.
Southward spent three days on the couples' couch with her injuries, Selley said. He said he didn't take her to the hospital because the couple had no health insurance.
Selley told a detective Southward's condition worsened Sept. 26 and that his mother told him to call 911.
Selley denied hitting Southward and she said she forgot what happened Sept. 23, and refused to press charges.
Southward later admitted Selley had beaten her after a detective falsely told her Selley had confessed.
An autopsy determined Southward died from blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen.
Selley was charged with assault and arraigned Sept. 28. He was re-arraigned Monday for second-degree murder. He was being held on $1.5 million bail.