A man has been charged with second degree murder for beating his girlfriend to death in St. Joseph over the weekend.
According to a probable cause statement 46-year-old James Earl Eackles was charged with second degree murder for the death of his long-time girlfriend.
Captain Jeff Wilson said officers responded to the 2200 block of S. 15th St. around 5 p.m. Sunday to find a white 40-year-old female dead in the home
The probable cause statement said Eackles admitted to striking his girlfriend several times.
Officers found the woman with significant injuries to her face and body which resulted in her death.
Eackles and the victim have lived together for several years.
Eackles has prior convictions for DWI, drug possession and burglary. Court documents state that he is an acknowledged drug user.
Eackles remains in police custody and is expected to be arraigned later this week.