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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) – Police arrested a Louisville woman Monday night for allegedly beating a man to death with a baseball bat.
35-year-old Holly Pitts is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. She was taken into custody at her home in the 4900 block of Preston Highway, near Gilmore Lane shortly after 8 p.m. She is expected to appear before a judge for arraignment Tuesday morning.
Louisville has seen three homicides in a little over 24 hours. The latest happened Monday afternoon in Lynnview. LMPD says the latest victim was beaten to death. It's a crime that's become all-too-familiar for investigators recently.
Police responded to a domestic dispute call at a Preston Drive home Monday afternoon, and when they arrived, they found a man's body. They say he had been severely beaten. Neighbors say they didn't hear anything.
"It's a terrible situation," said Sandra Welling. "It's a sad thing to have happen. It is scary."
"For Lynnview, it's very rare," said Lenny Helm. "This is a quiet neighborhood, a lot of families around here. This is pretty weird."
Neighbors say the sight of police at the home is not uncommon. Lynnview PD says its officers were already here Monday morning after a woman was spotted wielding a baseball bat, chasing the victim around a nearby Circle K. They removed the man from the home, but say he must have come back later, and that's when he was killed.
Officers later arrested the woman, 35-year-old Holly Pitts, whom they say was an acquaintance of the victim.
LMPD will only say that it has a person of interest in the case, and they are continuing to investigate.
"Obviously it's taxing on our detectives, taxing on the community. Hopefully we can find the person or persons responsible for these homicides that have happened to give some type of closure to these families," said LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.
The Lynnview homicide mirrored Sunday's in Portland. Sixty-four-year-old George Murphy was found beaten to death inside his home. Early Monday morning, 18-year-old Edward Reyes Junior died after he was shot several times near 28th and Market Street.
"Those who knew him knew he was a very kind, very generous, very ambitious young man," said family friend Cindra Morriss.
Police haven't made any arrests in that case, and say an extraordinarily violent October has left them with their hands full.
There have now been five homicides in Louisville in the an 8-day, span, and a total of 10 murders in October.