Althea Lewis and her boyfriend, David Lynch, were arguing during an early morning dip. Prosecutors said Lewis, 45, was beaten, bitten and then suspended by her legs as her beau of only three weeks submerged her in the ocean.
"He loses his mind," a police source said. "He beat her so bad that at first we thought she was shot - she's got four holes in her face, indentations."
Lynch, a member of the National Guard and an Iraq War vet, left the crime scene and police pulled him over on Far Rockaway Blvd. for driving erratically. He led police to his girlfriend's body a few blocks away, later claiming she committed suicide.
The evidence on her body spoke to the contrary.
The couple went into the ocean to fool around, sources said. The tryst turned violent when Lewis slapped Lynch because he wouldn't let her get out of the water. That's when he beat her repeatedly, the sources said. The medical examiner ruled the case a homicide, citing the beating and drowning as causes of death.
Lynch was awaiting arraignment on a second-degree murder charge on Wednesday night and faces 25 years to life in jail if convicted.