LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman accused in the death of a man whose body was found Sunday in a backyard near Assumption High School has been released on home incarceration.

Brenda Porter, 56, appeared Monday morning before Judge Sean Delahanty. The judge is allowing Porter to return home to the scene of the crime.

Porter was arrested Sunday morning on charges of murder, domestic violence, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Police say the man was found in the 3000 block of Wellbrooke Road, near Bardstown Road, around 8:20 a.m. Sunday. Deputy coroner Scott Russ has identified the victim as 69-year-old David Burch. Officials say Burch bled to death from multiple blunt force injuries to the head.

Officers from Louisville Metro Police's 5th Division went to the home on a welfare check, which was initiated from a tip. County property records show Burch owned the home.

Police say Porter admitted to "assaulting/bludgeoning the victim which caused the victim's death." Porter wrapped Burch in bedding and plastic tarp and planned to dispose of the body, according to officials.

Investigators say Porter also admitted to trying to clean up the murder scene and was going to destroy evidence of the crime.

Porter's family says she was in a relationship with Burch for about 20 years. Her niece Sherika Dockery said, "We don't really know what happened. We're still trying to piece together the details of what happened. We're just here to support. We loved him and we love her, and you know we're hurting on both sides."

Porter will be back in court next month.


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