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Woman arraigned in fatal West Sacramento motel beating

Kelly Dema Carew
Kelly Dema Carew

Kelly Dema Carew pleaded not guilty Friday at her Yolo Superior Court arraignment to allegations she fatally bludgeoned a man outside a West Sacramento motel early Wednesday.

Carew, 26, returns to court July 1 for a pre-hearing conference before Judge Stephen Mock. A preliminary hearing has been slated for July 6, according to Yolo County District Attorney’s officials.

Carew was arrested about 4:45 a.m. Wednesday outside Great Value Inn on West Capital Avenue by West Sacramento police. Officers found a man dead on the ground near the front office and a distraught Carew. Officers said the man, later identified as Herbert Ublic Rhodes Jr., 60, of Sacramento, was fatally struck with a pipe.

Carew remains held without bail in Yolo County custody.

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