A woman is charged with murder in Wilkes County after she called 911 to tell dispatchers she beat a man with a bat and she thought he was dead, the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Deputies went to a home in the 1400 block of Conley Shumaker Road in Ferguson on Wednesday, where they found 47-year-old John Paul Robinson dead, apparently from blunt-force trauma, according to the sheriff’s office.

An incident report says he was hit in the head with a baseball bat. It also says Robinson was disabled.

Deputies arrested Tabatha Renee Triplett, 39, of Morganton, on a murder charge, the sheriff’s office said. The dispute between the man and woman was domestic in nature, the sheriff’s office said.

Triplett is being held in the Wilkes County Jail without bond.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assisted in the sheriff office’s investigation.




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