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Tennessee Man Charged With Murder After Beating Fiancée To Death With Floor Lamp, Police Say

Front Page Detectives logo Front Page Detectives 3/25/2023 Todd Betzold
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A man in Tennessee has been arrested after allegedly beating his fiancée multiple times with a floor lamp, leading to her death, according to authorities.

Around 10:00 p.m. on March 15, Memphis police officers received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence, WHBQ-TV reported.

Inside the home, responding officers said they could hear a woman screaming, “He’s got a gun!"

A man, identified as 63-year-old Norris Lyles, opened the door wearing a bloody t-shirt, police said.

When officers told the suspect to get on the ground, he responded, “You get on the ground!” and then allegedly appeared reach toward his waistband, WHBQ-TV reported.

Police hit Lyles with a taser before taking him into custody and then transporting him to a local hospital for a non-critical condition, officials said.

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The victim was found lying in the backyard with cuts to the upper left corner of her head, authorities said.

She was rushed to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries a couple hours later, according to police.

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Investigators searched the crime scene and found the suspected murder weapon, a floor lamp with the base covered in blood.

Police said the couple were engaged to be married and lived together at the residence. Officials have disclosed a possible motive for the deadly alleged attack.

Lyles was charged with second-degree murder and assault against a first responder, officials said.

His bond was set at $50,000.


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