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New trial date set in Baker case

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

HUNTINGTON — Another trial date has been set in the long litigated case of Teresa Lynn Baker.

The 57-year-old from Huntington is charged with murder in the Feb. 4, 2008, shooting of Jeffrey D. Sadler. He died amid a domestic dispute with Baker’s daughter at 156 Cedar St. in Huntington.

Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson tentatively set trial for Dec. 10. Both sides will meet for a pretrial hearing Oct. 18.

Baker’s defense sought the December trial date saying it would fit with their expert’s schedule. Both sides are still waiting for a written report from the defense expert.

The defense contends Sadler, 25, was an abusive boyfriend and Baker had little choice but to kill in her daughter's defense, especially after Baker called police and waited for an hour with no response.

The case was last set for trial in December 2012, however an unsuccessful challenge to the state Supreme Court postponed local developments. The state’s five justices, in early June, denied the defense petition, which argued Ferguson had violated Baker’s right to a speedy trial.

The Supreme Court petition was the latest in a series of issues that have snarled Baker’s prosecution. Others concerned the clarity of audio recordings, allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and the death of Baker’s first attorney.

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