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CARROLLTON, Ky. (WDRB) - A drunken night of partying ended in a brutal murder. Police think a young mother was beaten to death with a claw hammer, and the man who confessed to killing her says he doesn't remember a thing.
With his head hung low and at times tears streaming down his face, Robert Baldwin listened as a KSP detective described the gruesome details of how 24-year-old Angela Long was brutally beaten and killed.
"We counted 18 hammer strikes to the head," said detective Tim Moore.
Baldwin initially called dispatchers saying he had hurt someone and they were dead. He was picked up by state troopers not far from this mobile home community in Trimble County where police found Angela Long's body. He was walking in freezing 15 degree weather, headed to the KSP post in Cambellsburg.
Detective Tim Moore interviewed Baldwin later that morning. "He said they were drinking, partying smoking marijuana," said Moore, "he said the last thing he remembers is being with her on the couch watching TV listening to music and the next thing he remembers is being beside her in the bed covered in her blood."
The detective says Baldwin admitted to waking up in a sexual position with Long. He admitted to drinking an entire fifth of tequila that night, and that he said he and Long were alone together in her Bedford home with the doors were locked. During their investigation police discovered a claw hammer on the floor between a couch and an end table in Long's home.
While Baldwin admitted that 'he had hurt somebody' his attorney was quick to point out that he never confessed to striking Long with the hammer.
The case moves on to Trimble Circuit Court where a grand jury will determine whether to indict Baldwin for Long's murder.
Baldwin is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center. His bond is listed at a million dollars.