Regina police have charged a man with manslaughter after a woman who was found badly beaten on Wednesday died in hospital.

Mark Jeffrey James Severight, 38, appeared on the charge in Regina provincial court on Friday.

The woman who died has been identified as Elise Anne Cote, 48.

Police found Cote Wednesday night when they were called to a house on the 2000 block of Edgar St. east of Regina's downtown.

She was lying injured in the front yard. She was taken to hospital, where she died Thursday.

It appears the woman and four others had been in the house when a fight broke out, police said. 

It's the first homicide in Regina this year.