Woman arrested after man found beaten to death in Wilkes County, deputies say


Tabatha Renee Triplett and John Paul Robinson

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WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — A woman is in custody after a man was found dead with blunt force trauma, according to the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 3:26 p.m. Wednesday, Tabatha Renee Triplett, 39, reported that she had just beaten a man with a ball bat and he appeared to be dead at a home on Conley Shomaker Road in the Ferguson community of Wilkes County.

Deputies and medical personnel arrived a short time later and found the body.

The victim was later identified as 47-year-old John Paul Robinson.

Deputies said he appeared to have suffered a fatal blunt force trauma.

Triplett was charged with murder.

Deputies say the situation involved a domestic incident.

Triplett is in Wilkes County Jail under no bond.

The sheriff’s office and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating.

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