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Defense releases new details in Ky. beating death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - New details have emerged in the beating death of Umi Southworth, sending mix signals about the guilt of her husband.

A document filed in Fayette Circuit Court by a defense attorney this week says the 44-year-old was beaten with a large tree branch and was found with a belt around her neck. Neither had DNA belonging to her husband, Donald Southworth, who has been accused of her murder.

The document also says the semen found in Umi Southworth's body did not belong to her husband, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The woman died the day after the beating, which made headlines when Lexington police did not realize for more than three hours that she was still alive.

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