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BOISE -- A 56-year-old man accused of torturing and killing a woman at Boise motel in March has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge.

Thomas Lee Herman enter the plea in an Ada County courtroom Friday.

Lee is charged with killing 46-year-old Mamokete Folkes. She was found dead at the Cabana Inn Motel in downtown Boise on March 5, 2013.

Prosecutors say Herman beat Folkes to death, torturing her by using a combination of violent blows from his hands and feet.

According to court documents, Folkes suffered a lacerated liver and traumatic brain injury during the beating.

Herman is a self-described transient who has a criminal history of violence dating back nearly 40 years in Idaho, Ohio, and Utah.

He's currently being held in the Ada County Jail without bond.

A jury trial is scheduled to start on Nov. 4, 2013.

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