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Beating victim dies; boyfriend charged with murder

The Baltimore Sun

A woman severely beaten a week ago during an altercation at her Northeast Baltimore home died Monday at an area hospital. Police have charged her boyfriend with first-degree murder.

Lisa Holley, 38, of the 2700 block of Pelham Ave. was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Jan. 16 and listed in serious condition while being treated for a ruptured spleen and a damaged kidney, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. The next day, police arrested the boyfriend, Thomas Dietrich, 40, also of the 2700 block of Pelham Ave., and charged him with aggravated assault, Moses said.

Holley died about 9:30 a.m. Monday. Her death was ruled homicide by blunt-force trauma after an autopsy, Moses said.

Dietrich's charges were then upgraded, Moses said. Dietrich was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Holley's death brought the city's homicide total for the year to 10 as of yesterday, compared with 21 at the same time in 2007.

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