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Southern Pines man charged in woman's beating death

Posted September 1, 2011
Updated September 2, 2011

— Police on Friday charged a Moore County man in the beating death of a woman Thursday afternoon.

Garland Scott Beal, 49, of East Pennsylvania Avenue in Southern Pines, was charged with murder in the death of Terry Lynn Baker. He was being held without bond in the Moore County jail.

Investigators said Baker, 50, of Pinehurst, and Beal knew each other, and Baker stopped at Beal's apartment Thursday afternoon. An argument ensued, and both grabbed weapons at some point, police said, noting officers seized both a knife and a metal pole at the crime scene.

Beal hit Baker with the pole and continued attacking her after she was on the ground, witnesses told police. Bystanders had to push him away from her, police said.

Baker was pronounced dead at the scene, and her body was sent to a medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 2, 6:38 p.m.

    Ocean - "Four previous assaults and one of them serious. He was trouble in school too if my memory serves me right."

    And he was still walking the streets.

    When will our justice system learn some just can't be rehabilitated?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 2, 6:37 p.m.

    cat - "...I for one, think that the others that stood by and watched this happen, without helping, should be charged as well."

    AMEN!!!

    As accessories to the crime.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 2, 6:36 p.m.

    "Beal hit Baker with the pole and continued attacking her after she was on the ground, witnesses told police. Bystanders had to push him away from her, police said."

    Way to step in too late "witnesses".

    sheesh

    Praying for anyone who loved this woman.

  • Weetie Sep 2, 1:37 p.m.

    Wow...what a criminal record! Glad I don't know him -

  • oceancandle Sep 2, 1:22 p.m.

    No, it wasn't his first time. Four previous assaults and one of them serious. He was trouble in school too if my memory serves me right.
    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0024569&searchLastName=beal&searchFirstName=garland&searchMiddleName=s&searchGender=M&searchRace=1&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

  • cat102617 Sep 2, 12:34 p.m.

    Very sad indeed! I live in the Moore County area and I for one, think that the others that stood by and watched this happen, without helping, should be charged as well. I have heard a few stories suggesting that had happened and it really angers me to believe that could happen. What is this world coming to?

  • Legally Here Sep 2, 10:22 a.m.

    very sad

  • pash28350 Sep 2, 9:49 a.m.

    Maybe if they had kept him in jail when he was arrested for assault on August 19, this tragedy might not have happened! Too easy to get out of jail these days!

  • catfishpro101 Sep 2, 9:47 a.m.

    any man who will raise there hand toward a women should have one hand cutt off and you wouldnt have to worry about no more, ill bet this wasnt his first time. my prayers are with her family

  • esprg Sep 2, 9:37 a.m.

    WOW @ JRE & Pash28350...that's crazy! So sad

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