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A Lexington Park man was jailed Tuesday without bond on a charge of the second-degree murder of his estranged wife, whose beaten body was found earlier that day outside her Great Mills area home.

James Mitchell Carter, 46, also was charged with committing a first-degree burglary at Kimberly Dawn Carter’s residence off Chancellor’s Run Road, where law officers report that another man visiting the woman also was attacked by the intruder and ran outside at about 3:30 a.m. to get help. Police found the woman lying in the backyard, suffering from multiple head injuries, and she died at the scene.

An employee at the Maryland state medical examiner’s office said Wednesday that an autopsy was scheduled for that day to determine the cause and manner of Kimberly Carter’s death.

Kimberly Carter, 38, previously lived at her husband’s Bay Ridge Estates home off Route 5, listing that address when she received a traffic citation in November 2011, according to online court records.

A review of those records revealed no court-issued protective orders involving her or the suspect.

jwharton@somdnews.com