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Boyfriend charged with murdering girlfriend in Dutchess County

EAST FISHKILL – Police have charged an East Fishkill man with killing his live-in girlfriend at their 17 Maple Place home.

Town Police were called to the scene shortly before 7:30 Friday morning for a report of an unresponsive woman and when they got there, they found Katherine Donnelly, 35, the victim of a homicide.

East Fishkill Police, with the assistance of State Police Troop K Major Crimes and Forensic Investigation units, and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office worked the case all day until the suspect, her boyfriend, Donald Campbell Matthews, 45, was charged with murder.

Town Police Chief Brian Nichols said Matthews was in the home when police arrived and was questioned for much of the day.

Matthews is in the Dutchess County Jail without bail.