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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (HLN) - A Memphis woman was arrested
and charged with first-degree murder after she bludgeoned her
boyfriend to death with an iPod.
Arleen Mathers, 23, was arrested Thursday morning after she
called Memphis Police and said she had killed her boyfriend, according
to a Sheriff’s Department report.
When deputies arrived at Mathers’ apartment at 528 Poplar
Avenue, Mathers led them to the body of her boyfriend, Brad Pulaski,
Brad Pulaski had died of blunt trauma to the head after being
repeatedly bludgeoned with an iPod, a popular MP3 player produced
Police said no motive has been confirmed, although evidence suggested
the murder was the result of a domestic dispute after Pulaski
erased the contents of Mathers’ iPod.
According to law officers, Mathers was hysterical when police
arrived and told them that she killed her boyfriend only after
he accused her of illegally downloading music and erased about
2,000 of her MP3s. Mathers complained that it took 3 months to
build her music collection.
An autopsy performed Friday afternoon at Methodist Hospital showed
that Brad Pulaski had been beat multiple times in the face and
chest by a blunt metal object, and died of internal bleeding,
said Dr. Felix Klamut, deputy coroner.
According to Apple’s website, the iPod is partially made
of a hard metal plate that’s been praised for it’s
resistance to regular wear and tear, like drops and coffee spills.
“It took him a while to die,” Dr. Klamut said. “She
must have stabbed him 40 to 80 times with that iPod. His death
was not instantaneous, that’s for sure”
Arleen Mathers was arraigned Friday night by a video hookup from
the county jail. Municipal Court Judge Simon Lambert set her bond
at $600,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for March 9.