Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Man accused in fatal beating of girlfriend

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Accused of beating his girlfriend to death with a baseball bat, a Hamilton man is confined in the Butler County Jail without bond awaiting a Monday preliminary hearing in Municipal Court.

        Gus Bealer, 46, was arrested early Tuesday on charges of murder, felonious assault and domestic violence.

        The arrest came about 14 hours after officers, acting on an anonymous tip, discovered the body of Cheryl Hahn, 49, at the couple's residence in the 200 block of South G Street.

        “Officers could see the victim from looking through a window into the residence,” a police report says.

        Authorities say they think she had been beaten to death around 2 a.m. Friday.

        The couple had lived together for about eight years; Mr. Bealer had no previous involvement with city police, said Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour, Hamilton police spokesman.

        Ms. Hahn's death was Butler County's second allegation of a domestic slaying within three days. Early Sunday, Bambi Wilson, 31, was shot to death in her Trenton home. Her husband, Steve, 28, was charged with aggravated murder.

        Police say neither couple had any reported history of domestic violence.

        Baker-Stevens Funeral Home, Middletown, is handling arrangements for Mrs. Wilson.


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