Suspect in Cabana Inn murder denies accusation

jsowell@idahostatesman.comJuly 12, 2013 

— Thomas Lee Herman pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree murder in the March 5 beating death of 45-year-old Mamokete Folkes.

Wearing a yellow Ada County Jail jumpsuit, Herman appeared briefly before Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen.

The day of the murder, Herman called 911 to say he had possibly killed someone inside a room at the Cabana Inn, 1600 Main St.

When police arrived they found Folkes' naked body on the floor. She was bruised and had stomp marks across her body. Blood was found on the carpet and walls.

Authorities have said Herman beat Folkes with his hands and feet. She suffered a fatal brain injury and received several broken bones and a lacerated spleen.

Herman has been held since his arrest without bond.

Herman was on unsupervised probation at the time of the March attack. He assaulted another woman with a knife in December.

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