HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man has been arrested in connection with his girlfriend’s death in Westmoreland County over the weekend.

The woman’s boyfriend is now behind bars and is accused of beating her to death inside of their Hempfield Township home.

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State Police announced the arrest during a news conference in Greensburg Monday morning.

Keith Kruel, 38, is charged with criminal homicide in the death of his girlfriend, 40-year old Tina Ohler.

She was pronounced dead Sunday morning at the couple’s home on Elkart Street in the Wendel area of Hempfield Township.

According to police, the couple had been out drinking Saturday night and got into an argument when they got home.

The victim apparently was upset that they didn’t have any beer. The situation escalated when she made food for Kruel and he refused to eat it.

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Kruel told police he pushed his girlfriend in the back, which caused her to hit her head on a doorway. He also admitted to kicking her in the chest.

“The fact that there was a significant amount of blood and this woman was beaten to death. She died from trauma from the beating. It was horrific, it’s horrible, it’s a shame that her family had to have her go through this,” Trooper Steve Limani said.

Kruel found his girlfriend dead Sunday morning in the couple’s bedroom. He called his sister, who then called police.

He is now being held without bond.

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