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« Reply #60 on: December 01, 2011, 04:24:05 PM »

http://www.wect.com/story/16131920/new-north-carolina-laws-take-effect

Zahra's Law, Laura's Law and more to take effect Thursday
Posted: Nov 27, 2011 10:24 PM CST
Updated: Nov 29, 2011 9:49 AM CST
By Sharon Smith, Weekend Anchor, Reporter - bio | email

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"Zahra's Law"

Representative Moore was along a co-sponsor for what has become known as "Zahra's Law" or House Bill 227.

The death of Zahra Baker has helped to re-write G.S. 14-401.22 to make it a felony to disturb or dismember human remains.

According to the law, "any person who, with the intent to conceal the death of a person, fails to notify a law enforcement authority of the death or secretly buries or otherwise secretly disposes of a dead human body is guilty of a Class I felony."

The law also includes punishment for anyone who "attempts to conceal evidence of the death of another by knowingly and willfully dismembering or destroying human remains, by any means, including removing body parts or otherwise obliterating any portion thereof, shall be guilty of a Class H felony."

Parts of 10-year-old Zahra Baker's body were found in multiple sites around Catawba and Caldwell counties months after her disappearance was reported in October 2010. Zahra's arm bone, prosthetic leg, torso and pelvic area were found.

Police said they also found a saw, which they believe was used to cut up the girl's body. A vertebrae and other bones of Zahra were also found with saw cut marks on them, an investigator said earlier this year.

But Zahra's head and many other body parts were never found.

Elisa Baker pleaded guilty in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter in September 2011. Baker pleaded guilty to various charges including second-degree murder, obstruction of justice, and bigamy.

The potential maximum total sentence for all charges would typically be 60 years in prison. But, under the plea deal in presented in court, Baker would be sentenced to only a maximum of 18 years in prison.

This act becomes effective December 1, 2011, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
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« Reply #61 on: December 01, 2011, 04:30:36 PM »

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/12/01/2817960/law-named-for-zahra-baker-goes.html

'Zahra's Law' goes into effect today

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and April Bethea
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Posted: Thursday, Dec. 01, 2011
Modified: Thursday, Dec. 01, 2011

Nearly three dozen laws go into effect in North Carolina today, including legislation inspired by the deaths of a teenager and 9-year-old from the Charlotte region.

Among the legislation on the list is a law that would make it a felony to disturb or dismember a corpse.

State Rep. Mark Hilton, a Republican from Conover, told the ******* this summer that he was approached by the Catawba District Attorney's Office to get the legislation introduced as investigators were working on the Zahra Baker case.

The 9-year-old from Hickory was killed and her body scattered in 2010. Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in connection to the girl's death.

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Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/12/01/2817960/law-named-for-zahra-baker-goes.html#ixzz1fJvswlJ4
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« Reply #62 on: December 01, 2011, 10:09:08 PM »

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2011/dec/01/2/district-attorney-reacts-zahras-law-ar-1668839/

District Attorney Gaither says Zahra's Law 'is a bitter reality'
By: Richard Gould
Published: December 01, 2011
Updated: December 01, 2011 - 8:35 PM

HICKORY --
If Elisa Baker had murdered and dismembered Zahra’s body today, she would have been sentenced to a much stiffer prison term than the one she got, said District Attorney Jay Gaither in reaction to Zahra’s Law, which went into effect Thursday.

“Obviously I’m gratified that the legislature moved quickly on it and passed it into effect,” he said. “Nonetheless it’s sad for two reasons: One, it brings back the memory of Zahra Baker and that this terrible, atrocious crime occurred in our community and then it’s also sad in the way that we have to have this law, that it needs to be in effect. That in itself is a bitter reality.”

Zahra’s Law was inspired by and named for the 10-year-old murder victim whose death and dismemberment inspired it. It is now a felony in the state of North Carolina to dismember a corpse in order to conceal a crime.

Zahra’s Law went into effect just over two months and two weeks after the girl’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, 43, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Zahra’s death. Baker was sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison for the murder. She can get out in as little as 14 years and eight months with good behavior.

If Zahra’s Law had been in effect, Baker would have been sentenced to as much as eight additional years in prison for having dismembered Zahra’s body in an effort to conceal her crime, Gaither said.

“The punishment would have been significantly more – still less than what I would have liked to have seen – but still over 25, 26, 27 years,” he said. “Elisa Baker was indicted under aggravating factors and therefore she was punished under the high end of the (structured sentencing) grid in the aggravated range for second-degree (murder). She had no prior convictions, therefore she was a level one.”

Gaither and his staff penned the first draft of the law in a direct reaction to Zahra’s murder. They passed it along to Rep. Tim Moore, R-111 District who, along with Rep. Mark Hilton, R-96 District, sponsored the bill, which passed the house unanimously and became law Thursday.

Gaither said Elisa Baker avoided prosecution for first-degree murder because she dismembered Zahra’s body and investigators were never able to find the girl’s skull.

“The first-degree (murder) prosecution that we would want to go forward with is difficult to prove even under the best of circumstances. Even when you have all of the evidence that could possibly be available, it is difficult to show premeditation and deliberation,” he said. “In this case, where we didn’t have the body in complete, we couldn’t show the cause of death. … We were still left without enough – quite frankly the skull, the head of Zahra Baker – to show that there was a death that had occurred in a particular way. So, without the cause of death, it left us with a Class B murder-two as an option. We went forward with that and as we were looking at the law realizing that dismemberment wasn’t really punishable under the North Carolina statutes.”

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« Reply #63 on: December 06, 2011, 05:14:48 PM »

http://www.wbtv.com/story/16201456/zahra-bakers-remains-returned-to-her-father

Zahra Baker's remains returned to her father
Posted: Dec 06, 2011 1:58 PM CST
Updated: Dec 06, 2011 2:24 PM CST
By Nick Needham - email
By Chris Dyches, Web Content Producer

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Zahra Baker's remains are now in the custody of her father.

The Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released the remains to a Hickory Funeral home two weeks ago. The remains were cremated and given to Adam Baker, Zahra's father.

Adam Baker has told us in several interviews that his wish is to return home to Australia and to give Zahra a proper service and burial there.

No paperwork was filed by law enforcement, the District Attorney's office or Elisa Baker's attorneys requesting the Medical Examiner's Office to continue holding on to the remains.

Policy at the Medical Examiner's Office is that after a waiting period, if they are not notified, they will release remains to a family member or a person "in standing." 

Officials have said in the past that Adam Baker would be the first person eligible to ask for Zahra's remains.

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« Reply #64 on: December 07, 2011, 04:38:37 PM »

http://www.wbtv.com/story/16201456/zahra-bakers-remains-returned-to-her-father

Zahra Baker's remains returned to her father
Posted: Dec 06, 2011 1:58 PM CST
Updated: Dec 06, 2011 2:24 PM CST
By Nick Needham - email
By Chris Dyches, Web Content Producer

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Zahra Baker's remains are now in the custody of her father.

The Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released the remains to a Hickory Funeral home two weeks ago. The remains were cremated and given to Adam Baker, Zahra's father.

Adam Baker has told us in several interviews that his wish is to return home to Australia and to give Zahra a proper service and burial there.

No paperwork was filed by law enforcement, the District Attorney's office or Elisa Baker's attorneys requesting the Medical Examiner's Office to continue holding on to the remains.

Policy at the Medical Examiner's Office is that after a waiting period, if they are not notified, they will release remains to a family member or a person "in standing." 

Officials have said in the past that Adam Baker would be the first person eligible to ask for Zahra's remains.

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Boy, that is bittersweet as I still believe he had something to do with her death IMO.
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« Reply #65 on: December 07, 2011, 10:40:13 PM »

I think that he knows something.  He seemed so calm during the 911 call for someone whose child was missing. 
Elisa is facing drug charges that carry many years in prison (added on to her second degree murder sentence), maybe she will offer up some more information. 
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« Reply #66 on: December 08, 2011, 08:25:42 AM »

I think that he knows something.  He seemed so calm during the 911 call for someone whose child was missing. 
Elisa is facing drug charges that carry many years in prison (added on to her second degree murder sentence), maybe she will offer up some more information. 

I sure hope so grace-land.
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« Reply #67 on: December 08, 2011, 10:01:23 AM »

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/29869003/detail.html

Zahra's Law to go into effect this week
Posted: 7:23 am EST November 28, 2011
Updated: 7:35 am EST November 28, 2011

HICKORY, N.C. -- A new law sparked by the death of Zahra Baker goes into effect this week.

The law will make it a criminal act to dismember human remains.

Also, it makes it a felony to conceal a death or secretly dispose of a body.

The law goes into effect on Thursday.

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Thank-you, Grace-land, that is good news. 

They needed a law for this?  Was Step-Mom, the first depraved person, to do this? 

To think she will get out of jail in fifteen years, and she will still be able to celebrate her favorite holiday, Halloween, and little long suffering, Zahra, will never be able to dress-up for Halloween, or see Santa Claus.


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« Reply #68 on: December 12, 2011, 12:15:38 AM »

YW, seahorse.  Elisa is not getting out any time soon.  The information from September 20 gives me hope that she will be in prison for a long, long time!

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Baker, 43, faces a maximum of $4.75 million in fines and 140 years in jail for the federal charges.

The charges against her include:

--Conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell and Catawba counties from 2006 until 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison a $1 million fine or both.

--Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone (a Schedule II controlled substance) in Caldwell and Catawba counties from May 2006 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both.

--Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone (a Schedule III controlled substance) in Caldwell and Catawba counties from May 2006 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 10 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

--Distribution and possession with intent to distribute Alprazolam (a Schedule IV controlled substance) in Caldwell and Catawba counties from May 2006 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 5 years in prison, a $200,000 million fine or both.

--Using and maintaining a place for the distribution of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell County from 6 Congress St. Apt. 1, Granite Falls from July 24, 2009 until Nov. 9, 2009. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

--Using and maintaining a place for the distribution of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell County from 4010 Phillip Lane, Hudson from Nov. 13, 2009 until April 8, 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

--Using and maintaining a place for the distribution of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam in Caldwell County from 21 21st Ave., NE, Hickory from July 2010 until Oct. 2010. Maximum penalty: 20 years in prison, a $500,000 million fine or both.

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2011/sep/20/zahras-killer-moved-mecklenburg-jail-ar-1412783/


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« Reply #69 on: December 12, 2011, 04:51:25 PM »

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Hickory-man-adds-huge-donation-for-Zahra-Baker-playground-135442493.html

Hickory man adds huge donation for Zahra Baker playground
by NewsChannel 36 Staff
WCNC.com
Posted on December 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Updated today at 11:32 AM

HICKORY, N.C. –A Hickory man is making a big donation to a playground being built in honor of Zahra Baker.

Jim Shuford has pledged to give $25,000 to the Zahra Baker All-Children's Playground.

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The playground will be a large oval, filled with slides, swings and things to run on.   In total, 144 kids will be able to play on it at the same time.  The park will also be handicapped accessible and usable, meaning wheelchairs won't get stuck in sand. Zahra battled cancer and walked with a prosthetic leg.

With Shuford’s donation, about $200,000 has been raised for the playground.
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« Reply #70 on: December 12, 2011, 09:16:19 PM »

http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Hickory-man-adds-huge-donation-for-Zahra-Baker-playground-135442493.html

Hickory man adds huge donation for Zahra Baker playground
by NewsChannel 36 Staff
WCNC.com
Posted on December 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Updated today at 11:32 AM

HICKORY, N.C. –A Hickory man is making a big donation to a playground being built in honor of Zahra Baker.

Jim Shuford has pledged to give $25,000 to the Zahra Baker All-Children's Playground.

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The playground will be a large oval, filled with slides, swings and things to run on.   In total, 144 kids will be able to play on it at the same time.  The park will also be handicapped accessible and usable, meaning wheelchairs won't get stuck in sand. Zahra battled cancer and walked with a prosthetic leg.

With Shuford’s donation, about $200,000 has been raised for the playground.


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« Reply #71 on: December 21, 2011, 08:15:54 PM »

 

http://www.wcnc.com/news/zahra-baker/Elisa-Baker-files-for-plea-deal-in-federal-drug-case-136017388.html

Elisa Baker files for plea deal in federal drug case
by NewsChannel 36 Staff
WCNC.com
Posted on December 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM
Updated today at 4:41 PM

HICKORY, N.C. -- Elisa Baker's attorney has filed paperwork for a plea deal in the federal case against her.

The documents were submitted on Monday.

Though that information is sealed, the public does know that Baker faces three federal drug charges.  She is accused of selling pills in Catawba and Caldwell counties.  Back in May a jury indicted Baker on seven counts of drug trafficking.

The combined charges could carry a 60-year jail sentence and a fine of $2.25 million.
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She went for a plea deal for the murder of Zahra--from First to Second degree murder.  With good behavior, she would serve only 14 years. 
I had a feeling that she would go for another plea deal regarding the drug charges in an effort to reduce that sentence and the fine.  IMO, if she tells where the rest of the remains are located of Zahra and gives credible evidence against Adam, then the state might consider a plea deal.  Otherwise, there is no reason for a plea deal.  May she rut in prison.   
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http://www.wcnc.com/news/zahra-baker/Elisa-Baker-files-for-plea-deal-in-federal-drug-case-136017388.html

Elisa Baker files for plea deal in federal drug case
by NewsChannel 36 Staff
WCNC.com
Posted on December 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM
Updated today at 4:41 PM

HICKORY, N.C. -- Elisa Baker's attorney has filed paperwork for a plea deal in the federal case against her.

The documents were submitted on Monday.

Though that information is sealed, the public does know that Baker faces three federal drug charges.  She is accused of selling pills in Catawba and Caldwell counties.  Back in May a jury indicted Baker on seven counts of drug trafficking.

The combined charges could carry a 60-year jail sentence and a fine of $2.25 million.
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She went for a plea deal for the murder of Zahra--from First to Second degree murder.  With good behavior, she would serve only 14 years. 
I had a feeling that she would go for another plea deal regarding the drug charges in an effort to reduce that sentence and the fine.  IMO, if she tells where the rest of the remains are located of Zahra and gives credible evidence against Adam, then the state might consider a plea deal.  Otherwise, there is no reason for a plea deal.  May she rut in prison.   


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« Reply #73 on: December 22, 2011, 07:16:05 PM »

Slideshow at link

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/30057405/detail.html

Marker bearing Zahra’s name completes memorial
Posted: 3:14 pm EST December 22, 2011
Updated: 3:52 pm EST December 22, 2011

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- The last part of a memorial built for Zahra Baker has arrived in Caldwell County.

A 300-pound piece of granite bearing Zahra’s name and the dates of her birth and death was brought to the memorial along Christy Road on Thursday morning.

SLIDESHOW: Marker bearing Zahra’s name completes memorial

The 10-year-old’s remains were found in November 2010, about a month after she was reported missing. Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the girl’s death.

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Jake Icenhour and his wife have led efforts to build the memorial for Zahra on their land.

“What happened to her is a nightmare gone bad, and if what we're doing here -- everyone involved in this is just thinking about somebody else's kid,” Icenhour said.

More than a dozen businesses across the county donated their time and money to build the memorial. Pam Teague helped with the guttering.

“You hate to see what happened with her right under our noses. Right here in our own community,” Teague said. “My prayer would be that the Lord open the eyes of the people in the community and let them protect the little children.”

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« Reply #74 on: December 22, 2011, 07:22:05 PM »

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http://www.wbtv.com/story/16375983/zahra-baker-memorial-almost-complete

Zahra Baker memorial almost complete
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 5:34 AM CST
Updated: Dec 22, 2011 5:41 AM CST
By Steve Ohnesorge, Western Bureau Reporter - bio | email

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC  (WBTV) – Just feet away from the spot where remains of Zahra Baker were found last year, a massive memorial has been built in her honor. "We want people never to forget," said Jake Icenhour, who owns the property along with his wife Priscilla. The covered, concrete floored open building was started last spring and is just about complete. "We still have a little more to do," said Icenhour. The wooden beams will be stained and a bench will be built as well "For anyone who wants or needs to sit down her."  The final concrete pouring took place earlier this week and since then, Christmas decorations have been put up as well as a sign telling people the structure is in remembrance of Zahra.  "Everyone is welcome to come here and leave things," said Priscilla.  The family hopes it will serve as a reminder to what happened to the ten year old girl and have people on the lookout for other youngsters who may be in trouble. "If it can save one kid, then it is all worth it," said Jake.

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« Reply #75 on: December 22, 2011, 11:34:06 PM »

Video at link

http://www.wbtv.com/story/16375983/zahra-baker-memorial-almost-complete

Zahra Baker memorial almost complete
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 5:34 AM CST
Updated: Dec 22, 2011 5:41 AM CST
By Steve Ohnesorge, Western Bureau Reporter - bio | email

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC  (WBTV) – Just feet away from the spot where remains of Zahra Baker were found last year, a massive memorial has been built in her honor. "We want people never to forget," said Jake Icenhour, who owns the property along with his wife Priscilla. The covered, concrete floored open building was started last spring and is just about complete. "We still have a little more to do," said Icenhour. The wooden beams will be stained and a bench will be built as well "For anyone who wants or needs to sit down her."  The final concrete pouring took place earlier this week and since then, Christmas decorations have been put up as well as a sign telling people the structure is in remembrance of Zahra.  "Everyone is welcome to come here and leave things," said Priscilla.  The family hopes it will serve as a reminder to what happened to the ten year old girl and have people on the lookout for other youngsters who may be in trouble. "If it can save one kid, then it is all worth it," said Jake.

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How gracious and heart-warming of these people.
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« Reply #76 on: December 24, 2011, 12:58:28 PM »

Enough money has been raised to build a treehouse at Zahra's playground!   

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2011/dec/23/5/convenience-stores-customers-donate-10000-playgrou-ar-1746306/

Convenience stores' customers donate $10,000 to playground
Money was raised one buck at a time
By: Larry Clark | Hickory Daily Record
Published: December 23, 2011
Updated: December 23, 2011 - 4:23 PM

It’s impossible to know how many people have contributed to the Zahra Baker All-Children’s Playground, but a large number gave a dollar at a time through Cubbard Express.

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Wright, other Hickory officials and members of local Kiwanis clubs got a first-hand look at a wheelchair-accessible treehouse at a park in Kingsport, TN earlier this year. The treehouse seemed to be out of reach since the playground project goal was $85,000 to $100,000. But contributions kept coming in.

Many people and businesses such as Cubbard Express raised more money than anticipated. Then, a donation of $25,000 from Hickory businessman Jim Shuford pushed the playground fund to $200,000. That meant the treehouse could be built.

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Wright presented the managers with a facsimile check. It’s in Sukeforth’s store right now. And she gets 10 of the commemorative brick pavers that will be installed at the Zahra playground.

“You can inscribe them however you want,” Wright said.

The other managers get one paver each. Anyone can purchase one in memory or in honor of a loved one. They’re $100 apiece.

Allison summed up the response to the fundraiser: “Zahra's smiling photos certainly endeared her to me, and considering such generous donations, many Cubbard Express customers must share my sentiment.”
 
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« Reply #77 on: December 24, 2011, 01:22:43 PM »

   Her trial date is January 9, 2012.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/12/24/2873660/baker-accepts-drug-plea.html

Baker accepts drug plea
Already serving time in stepdaughter's death, she faces up to 20 more years
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Posted: Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011
Modified: Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011

Elisa Baker, who pleaded guilty in September to murdering her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Zahra, has cut a deal with prosecutors on federal drug-trafficking charges.

In a plea agreement filed earlier this week, Baker agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to distribute a mixture that contained painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, and the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam.

The conspiracy charge is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The plea agreement says Baker's crime involved about 12,000 doses of oxycodone, about 10,000 doses of hydrocodone and about 29,000 doses of alprazolam.

Baker has agreed in the plea bargain to pay restitution to victims directly or indirectly harmed by her conduct.

Baker was indicted in May and charged with seven federal drug offenses, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to dismiss the other six drug charges.

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Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/12/24/2873660/baker-accepts-drug-plea.html#storylink=cpy
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« Reply #78 on: January 02, 2012, 07:09:47 PM »

Reminder:  Adam Baker--court date on the Catawba County charges is January 3, 2012; change of venue heard then

http://www2.statesville.com/news/2012/jan/02/elisa-baker-plea-hearing-scheduled-federal-charges-ar-1771551/

Elisa Baker in federal court Thursday for plea hearing
By: Sarah Newell williamson | Statesville Record & Landmark
Published: January 02, 2012 Updated: January 02, 2012 - 3:13 PM

CHARLOTTE --

Elisa Baker’s plea hearing for seven drug-related charges is scheduled for Thursday morning in US District Court in Charlotte.

Baker, 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 18 on seven drug charges. She is accused of illegal drug activity from May 2006 to October 2010, involving Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Alprazolam. Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are prescription medications used to treat moderate pain. Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, is primarily used for anxiety.

Baker pleaded not guilty to the charges in hearing in June. Baker’s trial was postponed in October, following a filing by the attorneys requesting additional time to prepare for trial and interview witnesses.

Baker’s attorney filed documents in December that indicated a deal had been worked out with prosecutors.
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« Reply #79 on: January 03, 2012, 11:19:42 PM »

 

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2012/jan/03/2/adam-baker-may-make-plea-deal-wednesday-ar-1774280/

Adam Baker may make plea deal Wednesday
Felony charges unrelated to Zahra's murder
By: Sarah Newell williamson | Hickory Daily Record
Published: January 03, 2012
Updated: January 03, 2012 - 10:14 PM

HICKORY --
Adam Baker is expected to be in Superior Court Wednesday for a plea deal, according to his attorney Mark Killian.

“We’ve worked out a plea agreement,” Killian told Superior Court Judge Beverly Beal when Baker’s case was called before the court.

Killian declined to comment on the agreement Tuesday, saying details of the arrangement had not been finalized.

Baker, 34, is charged with one felony count each of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense for obtaining electricity from Duke Energy in a relative’s name at his Hickory home on 21st Avenue, NW, in August 2010.

His case was held open until Wednesday, when Killian requested that the matter be heard in court.
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In addition to the two Catawba County felonies, Baker also has several misdemeanor charges pending against him in Caldwell County, including failure to return rental property, two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and 5 counts of worthless checks. He previously paid the money owed on the worthless check charges.
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