Murder charge for man accused of fatal bat beating in Kalamazoo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a man accused of beating another man with a baseball bat, then leaving him critically injured in a trash bin.

Thirty-year-old Francico J. Veloz-Padilla died last week after being hospitalized Nov. 5, when he was found severely injured in a trash bin in Kalamazoo. reports that Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says 25-year-old Drew S. Thorngate was charged Wednesday with an open count of murder. He was arrested Nov. 7 on an attempted murder charge.

Detectives say Thorngate told them he met Veloz-Padilla on Nov. 5 after Veloz-Padilla contacted him to request services for a massage, and they argued.

The county jail had no information Wednesday night on whether Thorngate has a lawyer.

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