A 27-year-old Hobbs, N.M., man was charged with murder and several other felonies in what Lea County deputies describe as a lovers’ dispute that left a 28-year-old woman dead on Tuesday in Lovington, N.M.
Deputies say Timmithy E. Stover told them he injected his girlfriend Candiace Boone with methamphetamine before the two began to argue in the early hours of Tuesday at 1210 W. Sharbauer St. in Lovington, according to a Lea County Sherriff’s Department news release. During the argument, the release states, Stover forced the woman out of her vehicle and into his, then drove to an acquaintance’s home at 401 W. Kansas in Hobbs.
There, deputies say Stover threatened the two residents with a black pistol and ordered them to help him restrain Boone by placing duct tape on her wrists and ankles. The release stated he forced one of the two residents to record the assault with a cell phone.
Next, the release states, Stover stuck a sock in Boone’s mouth, which he secured with a bandana tied around her head, and he proceeded to beat her. Then Stover reportedly dragged her to a rear bedroom, where he continued to beat her before leaving her unattended.
After an undetermined amount of time, one of the residents checked on Boone and saw she was unresponsive, the release stated. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 2:15 a.m. reporting an unresponsive woman. Investigators determined a child was present for the assault and witnessed most of it. The precise cause of Boone’s death remained undetermined Wednesday, pending an autopsy in Albuquerque, the release stated, and the investigation remained ongoing.
Other charges against Stover include battery on a household family member, false imprisonment, trafficking a controlled substance, intimidation of a witness and child abuse, the release stated. Stover was being held Wednesday at the Lea County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.