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Daly City man pleads not guilty to fatally beating his girlfriend
May 16, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Daniel Thomas

A Daly City man with a series of domestic violence cases against his common-law wife of 30 years pleaded not guilty Thursday to fatally beating the woman to death.

Daniel Bryan Thomas, 65, is charged with murder in the death of Ruby Grim, 65, who was found on the bedroom floor of the couple’s Florence Street home just before 8 a.m. with severe injuries all over her 90-pound body. Thomas denies any responsibility, according to prosecutors, and he told neighbors the morning of April 30 that he found her unresponsive. The neighbors went to investigate and called police after discovering Grim’s body.

Thomas has prior domestic violence cases involving Grim including one for which he received three years probation after pleading no contest and another in August 2013 that was scheduled for trial in June. In 2012, Grim filed for a domestic violence restraining order and Thomas reportedly violated it repeatedly by remaining at the Daly City home. Grim refused to cooperate with prosecutors in earlier incidents which led to the dismissal of previous cases, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Grim worked for a San Francisco nonprofit and the couple had been together for roughly three decades.

The official cause of death has yet to be released but Wagstaffe said she had major trauma to her head and entire body likely leading to a “horrible” death.

After entering his plea yesterday, Thomas was also appointed an attorney from the private defender program. He returns to court May 28 to set a preliminary hearing.

He remains in custody without bail.


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