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Fight at Garland apartment leaves 1 woman dead, another facing murder charge

Investigators say that Lorita Batiste lived at the apartment and Trametria Baldwin was visiting.
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GARLAND, Texas — A woman was found dead and another woman was arrested after a fight at an apartment complex Saturday afternoon, according to Garland police.

Trametria Baldwin, 33, was booked into the Garland Detention Center and faces a murder charge. Her bond is set at $500,000.

Police said that just before 12:30 p.m., they found Lorita Batiste, 57, inside the apartment in the 800 block of La Prada Drive. Batiste had obvious trauma to her body, police said. Baldwin appeared to have been involved in a physical altercation, they added.

Batiste was taken to a hospital, but she was pronounced dead.

Investigators said that Batiste lived at the apartment and Baldwin was visiting.

Homicide detectives said they believe there was a disturbance in the apartment between the two women to the point where they began fighting. Police said they believe Baldwin killed Batiste during the altercation.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are working with the Dallas County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the victim's last name.