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Police: Man Used Fireplace Log to Kill 72-Year-Old Woman

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    Danny Lopes Jr. is being charged in the beating death of a 72-year-old woman in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 28, 2017)

    Authorities say a Massachusetts man used a fireplace log to bludgeon a 72-year-old woman to death inside the home they shared.

    Police responded to a West Bridgewater home at about 6 p.m. Sunday where they found the victim suffering from "obvious signs of trauma." She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Authorities identified 34-year-old Danny Lopes Jr. as a suspect and he was arrested Monday morning in North Providence, Rhode Island.

    Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz identified the victim as Julia Fernandes, the longtime girlfriend of Lopes' late father.

    "She was found to have been bludgeoned to death about the head and at this point we believe the murder weapon was a fireplace log," Cruz said.

    The DA's office added they do not have a motive for the crime, but believe Fernandes may have died at the start of the weekend.

    Lopes is being held in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice and faces a murder charge when returned to Massachusetts. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

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