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Daniel Bryan Thomas.

DALY CITY -- A Daly City man on Monday was charged with murder in the death of his longtime partner, a 65-year-old woman found fatally beaten Wednesday in their shared home of 30 years.

Daniel Bryan Thomas, 65, is accused of killing longtime partner Ruby Gim, whose body was discovered about 7:50 a.m. in the 400 block of Florence Street. Gim was found severely beaten on her bedroom floor with wounds across her entire body, authorities said.

A pair of neighbors called police to report that Gim was unresponsive after Thomas, whom authorities thought was estranged from the woman, went to their house and said, "There's something wrong with Ruby."

Thomas was adamant to officers on the scene that he had nothing to do with the brutal beating and has since said nothing to investigators, Wagstaffe said.

The cause of Gim's death is not yet known, San Mateo County coroner Robert Foucrault said.

While Thomas was not immediately arrested in connection to Gim's death, he was booked into jail Wednesday on suspicion of violating a 2012 court order prohibiting him from being at the home. According to Wagstaffe, Thomas was "continually violating" the restraining order by living at the address where he was prohibited from stepping foot.


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Though the two were living together, Thomas also had a pending domestic violence case, the third on record involving Gim, prosecutors said. Thomas was booked on Aug. 8, 2013 on charges of violating the restraining order and committing an unknown act of vandalism. He was last in court on the charges on Jan. 23.

Wagstaffe said that, in light of the 2008 passage of Senate Bill 1356, legislation authored by Sen. Leland Yee that keeps domestic violence victims out of jail if they refuse to testify against their abusers, Gim was able to stay silent despite years of repeated abuse.

"She declined to cooperate on those former occasions, and was not held in contempt of court," Wagstaffe said. "And now she's dead -- it's terrible that that was allowed to happen."

Thomas remains in jail without bail and will return to court Thursday to be arraigned on the murder charge. He has requested to retain attorney Dennis A. Lempert, who is running for judge in Santa Clara County, but the candidate says he has not yet agreed to defend Thomas on the murder charge.

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