Arizona Woman Accused Of Fatally Striking Cousin With Hammer During Argument, Police Say

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May 6 2022, Published 3:28 p.m. ET

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An Arizona woman is behind bars after she allegedly killed her cousin with a hammer during a fight, police said.

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Shortly after 12 p.m. on May 4th, police received a report of a medical call for service at a residence in Peoria.

According to officials, responding officers located a 33-year-old male at the home who had died from blunt force trauma.

Officers identified Brianna Zerth, 29, as a suspect in the man’s murder and she was taken into custody at the scene.

Zerth and the victim were roommates, police said.

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Citing court documents, KSAZ-TV reported Zerth and the victim had been drinking when they got into an altercation and she allegedly struck him with the hammer.

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Zerth was booked into the Intake, Transfer, and Release Jail in Phoenix on multiple charges, including second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault.

The investigation is ongoing. Police have not released a possible motive for the crime.


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