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Beating suspect charged with murder after girlfriend dies in hospital

Orlando Johnson, 27 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man who is already behind bars in the severe beating of his girlfriend at a hotel on Sunday is now facing a murder charge after the woman died at a local hospital.

Orlando Johnson, 27, is accused of beating his girlfriend Sallyann Ulibarri on Sunday afternoon at the Siegel Suites, near Lomas and Eubank.

Police say the attack left Ulibarri brain dead and she was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Johnson was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on Monday and originally faced an aggravated assault against a household member but now is charged with an open count of murder.