ABILENE, Texas — A West Texas man must serve 60 years in prison for the 2015 hammer beating death of a woman he had dated.

Cody Adam Alvarez was sentenced Tuesday in Abilene. The 33-year-old Abilene man on Monday pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Alexis Baker.

The body of the 26-year-old victim was discovered in her Abilene home by her mother. A police officer testified that a hammer used in the attack was found wrapped in a shirt and left near the body.

Taylor County District Attorney Jim Hicks said Wednesday that investigators believe Alvarez earlier demanded Baker withdraw money from an ATM and give him the cash. She refused.

Hicks also says Alvarez and Baker had an argument while in her car, he was driving and wrecked the vehicle.

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