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Lehigh Man charged with murder after girlfriend dies

Barry Miller

Lehigh Man charged with murder after girlfriend dies

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr. 29, 2013

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A Lehigh Acres man has been charged with 2nd degree murder following his girlfriend's death in the hospital.

Elizabeth Browder, a disabled adult was severely beaten by her boyfriend. 

Browder was transported to the hospital and made several statements to medical staff that her boyfriend/caregiver 54-year-old Billy Elrod repeatedly struck her in the head. 

During the investigation, Elrod was arrested on April 4 for aggravated abuse on a disabled adult and given a $200,000 bond.

Browder died on April 24 as a result of the injuries sustained from Elrod's attack. 

Elrod's charges were then upgraded to 2nd degree murder. 

Elrod remains in the Lee County Jail with no bond.