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Man Dies After Beaten with Golf Club

Man Dies After Beaten with Golf Club
By: Heartland News

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - One man is dead and another arrested after a domestic dispute in Poplar Bluff.

Officers say 41-year-old Ricardo Botero beat 52-year-old James Derns with a golf club during the fight.

Police tell Heartland News Botero was beating a woman.  She called 52-year-old James Kerns for help.

When Kerns stepped in, Botero allegedly hit him over the head with a golf club.

Kerns died Monday from his injuries.

Botero is now charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, as well as a domestic assault charge, and two counts of armed criminal action.

He's being held in the Butler County Jail.

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