Gerald K. Babcock of Port Jervis indicted in slaying of girlfriend Jamie Lynn Bleakley

Gerald K. Babcock, 39, of Port Jervis, was

Gerald K. Babcock, 39, of Port Jervis, was indicted on a charge of felony first-degree manslaughter in the slaying of live-in girlfriend Jamie Lynn Bleakley, 37, of Denning, Ulster County District Attorney D. Holley Carnright said. (March 27, 2013) (Credit: Ulster County district attorney's office)

A Port Jervis man has been indicted in the beating death of his live-in Ulster County girlfriend, officials said.

Gerald K. Babcock, 39, was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury Tuesday on a charge of felony first-degree manslaughter in the slaying of Jamie Lynn Bleakley, 37, of Denning, Ulster County District Attorney D. Holley Carnright said.

"The indictment charges Babcock with intending to cause serious physical injury to a female victim who later died as a result of the injuries inflicted by Babcock," Carnright said in a statement.


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Babcock was arrested in Sullivan County on March 11, five days after police discovered Bleakley injured outside a Woodfield Road apartment where they had lived together in what Carnright termed "a brief relationship."

Bleakley first was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris and later was transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she died the next day.

The Westchester County medical examiner's office, which performed her autopsy, ruled the death a homicide. Citing the criminal case, a spokeswoman there declined Wednesday to disclose the cause of death.

Carnright also said he would not discuss the cause of death or the motive for the alleged attack.

State Police investigated the incident. There was no indication of a weapon, but State Police Capt. Joseph Tripodo said earlier this month that there were signs of domestic violence during the relationship and that Bleakley died of "multiple injuries." He declined to comment further.

Bleakley was a graduate of Saugerties High School and SUNY Empire State College and worked in the health services field, according to her obituary at Keyser Funeral Services & Cremation of Kingston.

She had two children, ages 10 and 7, from a previous marriage, the Times Herald-Record of Middletown reported. They were staying with their father in Napanoch at the time of the incident.

Babcock will be arraigned in Ulster County Court on Thursday, Carnright said.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Kavanaugh is prosecuting. No information on Babcock's attorney was immediately available Wednesday.

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