BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 55-year-old Boise man is charged in the beating death of a homeless woman whose body was found at a downtown Boise hotel.

Thomas Herman was arrested Tuesday and made an initial court appearance Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder by torture. He was jailed without bond.

Officers were called to the Cabana Inn at about 7 a.m. Tuesday after a report of a suspicious death.

The Ada County coroner said Mamokete Folkes died at about 5 a.m. Charging documents allege Herman hit the woman with his hands and feet, causing a fatal brain injury, broken bones and a lacerated kidney.

The Idaho Statesman reports ( ) Herman was on probation after pleading guilty to disturbing the peace after a woman said he threatened to kill her with a knife.



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