ELIZABETHTOWN, KY. (WDRB) – A man previously accused of attempted murder in Florida is now charged with murder in Elizabethtown after police say he beat a woman to death with his bare hands.

Joseph Capstraw, 20, was arrested on Saturday shortly after Elizabethtown Police say it’s officers responded to a call about a suspicious person on Joan Avenue around 2 a.m.

“He had very visible injuries to his hands, swelling and cuts to his hands ... pretty obvious signs of trauma,” said Elizabethtown Police spokesman John Thomas.

 According to police, Capstraw admitted to beating the woman with his hands until she was dead.

“He told officers, ‘I killed her,’" Thomas said.

Capstraw and the woman, who has not yet been identified, hitchhiked from Lumpkin County, Georgia, to Elizabethtown. According to police, the two met at the Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering.

“This is one of the most brutal crime scenes I've witnessed in ten years of law enforcement,” Thomas said.

According to court records from Duval County, Florida, this is not the first time Capstraw has been accused of a violent crime.

Back in May 2017, Capstraw was accused by police in Jacksonville of stabbing a man in the chest and slashing his throat. He was charged with attempted murder, but the charge was eventually dropped.

Capstraw was arraigned on the Kentucky charges on Monday morning. He’s being held on a $500,000 cash bond.

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