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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Court documents shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the death of 72-year-old Gary Breckenridge, including showing that Dolores Flynn, the woman charged with second degree murder, told her son she beat her ex-husband to death with a baseball bat.

The 62-year-old Flynn was arrested Monday and is being held on $500,000 bond.

According to the documents, police were first called to the home on Jackson Street on Jan. 4 for complaints of people yelling, screaming and calling each other names.

Police say upstairs neighbors heard Breckenridge saying, "she's killing me, help."  Neighbors told police they had heard the two fight before, but became concerned when, after hearing several loud booms, things got quiet and the dogs started barking non-stop.

Police say they were able to get into the house from the back door, and found Breckenridge laying on the floor, face down.  He was declared dead on the scene.  The medical examiner called to the scene noted there was bruising near the crown of his head that was darkening with time.

Court documents show police were led to Flynn, who they found out was near a laundromat on 27th and Jackson Street.  When police brought Flynn back to the house, documents show she wouldn't tell the examiner about Breckenridge's medical history, citing her need to speak to an attorney.   She told police that Breckenridge had been on the couch when she left, but later admitted that it wasn't the whole truth, and they'd been fighting when she left.

When Flynn's son, Richard Flynn, came to pick up her mother from the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center, he was told Breckenridge's death was suspicious in nature.  Richard told police, according to documents, "whatever she tells me, I'll tell you."

The next day, court documents say the Medical Examiner's Office reported finding a skull fracture on the back of Breckenridge's head, saying it was caused by blunt force trauma consistent with a baseball bat.

Later that day, Richard Flynn told police his mother told him she struck Breckenridge three or four times with a bat that she took from the house and hid.  She also told Richard where she hid the bat.

Richard and his brother James Flynn were able to find the bat in a ditch culvert near Flexsteel Industries, but left it undisturbed.  Police were able to piece together surveillance video from nearby homes, traffic cameras and businesses to see Flynn take the path to that culvert and back.  They say they found the bat in a black garbage back which was missing from the home.  They also found some food in that bag, along with the bat, which an official from Meals on Wheels confirmed was a meal she delivered to the house on Jan. 4.

Dolores Flynn made her initial appearance in court this morning, and her bond will remain at $500,000.

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