D.C. woman pleads guilty to fatal beating of boyfriend

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A 67-year-old woman plead guilty Friday to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, which occurred in an apartment in Northeast this February.

Thomasine Bennett is eligible for a plea deal that will sentence her to 10 years in prison, if the court approves of it. Police say she beat Walter Clark, her boyfriend, to death with a baseball bat.

Clark, 63, was found by police unconscious and unresponsive in a hallway closet by the MPD after they got a call to investigate trouble at a DC apartment. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined that he died from multiple blunt force trauma.

Bennett met with police when they arrived at the apartment. She stated that her boyfriend was in the back and that he had made her smoke “Love Boat”, which is a street name for marijuana soaked in PCP, or formaldehyde. Investigators quoted her as saying that she had been beating Clark with a baseball bat over the last day and a half. She has been in custody ever since.

Bennett will have a hearing in September, where Judge Lopez will decide whether or not to grant her the plea deal.