Woman Accused of Using Brass Knuckles in Fatal Beating at Metro Station: Complaint

John Whitmore, 65, died in a hospital days after the attack

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    John Whitmore, 65, was fatally beaten by two women while waiting for the Metro on June 13, 2014.

    A 24-year-old woman who pleaded not guilty to murder charges Thursday is accused of using brass knuckles to fatally beat a man at a Metro Blue Line station, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

    Tracy Gomez and Virginia Butler, 23, are charged in connection with the June 13 death of 65-year-old John Whitmore, DA's officials said.

    Gomez and Butler allegedly approached Whitmore as he waited on a Metro Blue Line platform at the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station and beat him, officials said. He died in the hospital.

    A felony complaint alleges Gomez used brass knuckles to beat Whitmore and lists a second-degree robbery conviction in 2009, DA's officials said.

    Gomez was being held in lieu of more than $1 million bail and is due back in court Sept. 15. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    Butler is expected to appear in court Friday.
     

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