WASHINGTON — A 76-year-old woman has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 63-year-old man in Washington, police say.

Thomasine Bennett was charged Saturday with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Walter Mack Clark. Police say Clark was found unconscious inside a home on Friday. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Police say Bennett was arrested on Friday and charged with assault with intent to kill. After an autopsy revealed that Clark died of blunt force trauma, the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder.

A police report shows that Bennett told officers she hit the victim with a bat.

Bennett’s public defender did not immediately return a message on Sunday.

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