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Angela Anne Gatewood, 48

Angela Anne Gatewood, a 48-year-old white woman, was pronounced dead on Thursday, Oct. 18, after she was assaulted in the 38500 block of 11th Street East in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records. 

Neil Jason Edgar, a man identified as Gatewood's husband, went to a Palmdale hospital about 10 a.m. that day "for some sort of medical assistance," and told hospital staff that he had assaulted his wife, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Rodney Moore said. 

When deputies went to the couple's home, they found Gatewood unresponsive, Moore said, with "trauma to the upper torso."

Gatewood was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:51 p.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as blunt head trauma. 

 Moore said the case is being investigated as domestic violence.  

It's not clear why Edgar, a 41-year-old white man, went to the hospital. Moore said he couldn't be more specific because of health privacy rules.

Edgar was arrested and jailed that day on suspicion of murder, and is being held in lieu of $2.11-million bail. He was formally charged with murder on Oct. 22, with the allegation that he used a hammer as a deadly and dangerous weapon. 

His arraignment was continued to Nov. 5, in Room A01 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse. 

Edgar has several earlier felony convictions, according to court records, including one for first-degree robbery in 1999, for which he was sentenced to 16 years in state prison, and a conviction for possession of child pornography in September 2014, for which he was sentenced to four years in prison. He was released in July 2017.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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