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Sherman police ID victim of baseball bat beating

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SHERMAN, Texas -- Police have now identified 60-year-old James Dahlem of Farmers Branch as the man who died on Labor Day after being beaten with a baseball bat.

Neighbors along East Peyton Street called 911 when they heard the disturbance Monday evening.

"When officers got there, they found a person was unconscious, and there was another person there that had a baseball bat," police spokesman Sgt. D.M. Hampton said.

According to investigators, that weapon was wielded by Sherman resident James Ragland, 68. He was charged with murder.

The case is still under review, but Sherman police say they believe they know the motive.

"What they're looking at is a property dispute of somebody owning something inside the house, and that's what set the whole thing off," Hampton said, adding that Ragland and Dahlem had once lived together in that house on East Peyton Street.

"The 'why' is always important to people, and sometimes it's the simplest things -- like a property dispute -- to cause tempers to flare and something like this to happen," Hampton said. "Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens. And this is not something that's just a random event... it's obviously a personal issue that these two had."

Bond for Ragland was set at $500,000.

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