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Woman beaten with bat; boyfriend charged

Posted August 4, 2008

— A Durham man has been charged beating his girlfriend with a baseball bat, police said Monday.

Jamarlle Lynn, 24, was found beaten in her apartment at 5224-D Penrith Drive Friday afternoon, police said. She suffered serious head and arm injuries and was in stable condition Monday at Duke University Hospital, police said.

Roger Dertease Byrd, 22, of the same address, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and misdemeanor child abuse. The latter charge was filed because the couple's 2-year-old daughter was in the apartment at the time of the assault, police said.

Byrd was being held Monday in the Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond.


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  • therose2005 Aug 4, 2008

    i agree with you jbyrd,there would be alot less crime, i think.

  • Aquamarine Aug 4, 2008

    If only there was a good way to check for bad tempers BEFORE getting involved with the men who could do something this terrible! She could be the next one found on the side of the road,.

  • jbyrd Aug 4, 2008

    He needs to spend a little time with those Orange County deputies that took care of buisness in Roxboro. As long as this man (and I use that term very loosly) is alive, that woman and child will live in fear.

  • Granny Aug 4, 2008

    i pray they lock him up and loose the key...the mother and that poor child is in my prayers.

  • ljcs357 Aug 4, 2008

    A grown man hitting someone, especially a woman, with a bat is attempted murder in my book

  • Mobile Geek Aug 4, 2008

    Justice would be served best if they tie him up and let her beat him with the same bat. But not with the child anywhere in the vicinity, of course.

  • At Work Aug 4, 2008

    Thank God he did not touch the kid!!! Praying for the mom!