KCEN-TV (Channel 6 News) Former Waco Minister Accused of Murder Released on Bond
WacoTrib.com - Former Paster Accused of Killing Wife Now Out on Bail
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tribune-Herald staff writer
Former Baptist minister Matt Baker was released from the McLennan County Jail this morning after his bond was reduced by agreed order Tuesday. A jail spokeswoman said Baker, 36, was released shortly before noon on a $200,000 bail bond, reduced from $400,000 Tuesday by 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson after an agreement between Baker’s attorney and a prosecutor. Baker’s release negates the necessity for a hearing that had been set for tomorrow afternoon on Baker’s motion challenging the evidence under which he was being held.
Baker was arrested Sept. 21 in Kerrville in the April 2006 death of his wife, Kari Baker, a teacher in Hewitt. Her death initially was ruled a suicide, but authorities allege now that Baker gave her sleeping pills and then suffocated her.
Baker will return to Kerrville, where he is living with his parents and his two daughters, said his attorney, Guy James Gray.