A family is grappling with grief and confusion after a 42-year-old man was beaten to death with a baseball bat.
"My husband is the most loveable, caring person I know," Denzel Rainey's widow told sister station KCNC.
The woman arrested for the attack, however, allegedly told authorities she beat Rainey because she believed he sexually assaulted a child. She was formally charged Friday.
According to the arrest affidavit, 30-year-old Forsythia Owen told police she grabbed a bat and hunted Rainey down after a child said he had sexually abused her.
Rainey was found Sunday in an alley in the Denver suburb of Englewood. Owen allegedly told police she went to that alley because he slept there, and according to the affidavit detailed her attack on him by swinging her hands "back and forth...demonstrated how she struck Rainey over and over again."
Rainey suffered multiple injuries: skull fracture, six broken ribs, broken left hand and two broken arms.
Lisa Rainey told KCNC that her husband had been homeless due to struggles with alcohol.
“I just don’t know why, what caused her to do this on Denzel, and if Denzel did anything to provoke it,” Lisa Rainey said. “I need to know the answers for closure for me and closure for my kids.”
Neighbors told KCNC Rainey kept to himself and "never bothered anyone." One woman KCNC spoke with alleged that Owens was the troubled one.
“From my understanding of looking at her, you could tell she was on something,” Veronica Evans said. “That’s why my little sister and I would stay away from her.”
Owens has been arrested before on assault charges. She's currently being held at the Arapahoe County Detention Center without bond.
Friday, Owens appeared in the Arapahoe County Court and was formally charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon. She is expected to enter a plea in December.
It's unknown at this time if a child was sexually assaulted.
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