Monday, October 8, 2007

Simple Forensic Science + Computer Records + Lies & Deceit + Suspicious Behavior = DUH!

Apparently Matt wasn't a big CSI fan because the obvious errors committed and lies told and bumbling efforts to cover up his behavior are elementary at best.

Simple Forensic Science -
(Information here quoted directly from the arrest warrant)

"According to ambulance officials, who arrived on the scene at 12:15 a.m. on April 8, 2006, Kari Baker was already deceased and lividity had been set. Your Affiant knows that lividity is a discoloration of the body caused from blood pooling in the lower parts of the body. Police who arrived on the scene found a typed, unsigned note next to the bed along with a bottle of Unisom tablets, an over-the-counter sleep aid.

Your Affiant is aware that Dr. David Stafford of Memphis, Tennessee, has reviewed the evidence in this investigation. Dr. Stafford was the Director of Toxicology for the University Of Tennessee Medical School. Dr. Stafford has determined that if Kari Baker had ingested enough Ambien or Unisom to cause her death, it could not have taken place in the time frame given by The Defendant to police. Dr. Stafford believes it would have taken at least an hour or more longer than the time frame explained. Your Affiant knows that at autopsy, after her body had been exhumed and disinterred, forensic examiners determined that Ambien and Unisom were found in Kari Baker’s muscle tissue.

Your Affiant is also aware that Tom Bevel of Norman, Oklahoma, has reviewed the evidence in this investigation. Mr. Bevel is a well-known expert on homicides and homicide investigation and a published authority on numerous subjects including crime scene investigation. Mr. Bevel claimed that he believed that Kari Baker was not nude at the time of her death as the Defendant described. Mr. Bevel believed that Kari Baker’s panties were put on by her, not someone (else,) after her death. Your Affiant believes that the Defendant may have told the story that Kari Baker was nude to provide a reason for her body to be cold to the touch. Also, Mr. Bevel believed that lividity could not have begun and become set in the time frame given by the Defendant. Mr. Bevel believed that it would have taken much longer for the body to become cold and lividity to set. Your Affiant has seen an abrasion that is evident on Kari Baker’s nose in the crime scene photographs. There is also the appearance of bruising to Kari Baker’s lips. Your Affiant believes that these wounds are consistent with what would happen if a pillow or another similar object were placed over someone’s face to suffocate them. Your Affiant is aware that there were pillows, including what appears to be a course-woven pillow, in the room where Kari Baker’s body was found."

Computer Records -
(Information here quoted directly from the arrest warrant)

"Computer records provided by the Waco Center for Youth reveal that, in early March 2006, the Defendant began to seek internet sites dealing with drug overdose and specifically with prescription drugs. On March 9, 2006, the Defendant did a computer search regarding “overdose by sleeping pill.” Also on March 9,2006, the Defendant did a computer search for the prescription drug Ambien. As Affiant will describe later, it was determined that Kari Baker had Ambien in her system at the time of her death. On March 20, 21 and 23, 2006, the Defendant visited numerous internet sites that which sold prescription medication. On March 26, 2006, at 1:12 p.m., the Defendant visited an internet site known as "prescriptiondrugplanet.” Two (2) minutes later, at 1:14 p.m., a site known as “pharmbilling” was connected to the Defendant’s computer. Your Affiant believes that “pharmbilling” is a service, which handles payment for prescription medication ordered from an internet site. In addition, on March 23,2006, at 1:28 p.m., the Defendant’s computer at the Waco Center for Youth was connected to an internet site registered as “SecureRxCart.” Your Affiant believes that this is another indication of a purchase by the Defendant of prescription medication ordered from an internet site.

At the time of Kari Baker’s death, the Defendant had access to three (3) computers. Of these computers, one (1) was at Crossroads Baptist Church, one (1) was at the Waco Center for Youth and one (1) was at the Baker residence. On or about June 14,2006, an officer of the Hewitt Police Department went to the Waco Center for Youth to speak with the Defendant. In that same time frame, the Crossroads Baptist Church demanded that the Defendant return the church computer that he had been using. According to computer technicians at the Waco Center for Youth, the Defendant covertly switched computers with his secretary (on) June 14, 2006 when he learned that a Hewitt Police officer was coming to The Waco Center for Youth. The Defendant even switched inventory labels on the computers in an effort to disguise the computer switch. On or about June 17, 2006, the Defendant disposed of his home computer. In a civil deposition, the Defendant explained that he disposed of the computer because it was too slow. In that same deposition The Defendant claimed that he threw away his home computer printer because it was “not compat.” On or about June 19, 2006, the computer located at the Defendant’s secretary’s desk, which was actually the Defendant’s computer, went missing. This date was a state holiday when all administrative offices of the Waco Center for Youth were closed. There were, however, a few employees working that day and one (1) of the employees remembers seeing the Defendant go into his office area."

Lies & Deceit -
(Information here quoted directly from the arrest warrant)

"At the time of her death, Kari Baker was a schoolteacher in the Midway Independent School District located in Central Texas. She was married to the Defendant, a local Baptist preacher. Sometime in early 2006, the Defendant apparently became interested in having a relationship with (another) woman . In addition to this job, the Defendant worked as the Chaplain at the Waco Center for Youth. Records show that the Defendant’s cellular telephone contacted the home where the woman lived on dozens of occasions between January and April 2006. According to the woman, the Defendant would call her once or twice a day from his cellular telephone or his work telephone. The woman indicated that she believed that the Defendant was “interested” in her. Investigation by your Affiant revealed that within days after the death of Kari Baker, the Defendant was with a woman who matched this woman’s description and the two of them were in a jewelry store in Richland Mall in Waco, Texas shopping for engagement rings.

On or about Monday, April 3, 2006, Kari Baker found a bottle of crushed pills in the Defendant’s briefcase. When she asked him where the pills came from, he told her that the kids from the Waco Center for Youth must have put them there. The Defendant told Kari Baker that sometimes the children spit out their medicine and that is where the pills came from. Your Affiant has learned that the Waco Center for Youth has a strict pill policy and that the Defendant was not around children when they took medicine nor did he take his briefcase to areas of the Waco Center for Youth other than his office. Further, Affiant has learned that the Defendant possessed the only key that would unlock his office door and that he locked the door each day when he was not in his office. After Kari Baker’s death, the Defendant spoke with members of the Hewitt, Texas, Police Department and told them a different story regarding the pills. The Defendant told the police that the pills his wife saw in his briefcase were Kari Baker’s and that she must have hidden them in his briefcase.

The Defendant told the police that on Friday, April 7, 2006, he and his wife, Kari, went to the YMCA in Waco, Texas late in the afternoon for a swimming lesson for their oldest daughter. The Defendant told police that his wife felt ill at the YMCA. The Defendant told other witnesses that Kari was lethargic and nauseated at the YMCA and had to lie down. Witnesses who saw Kari Baker at the YMCA on April 7, 2006, stated that she did not appear to be ill and that she was acting normally.

Your Affiant is aware that on April 7, 2006, Kari Baker had a job interview for a teaching position at the Midway Middle School. At the time, Kari Baker was a teacher at the Spring Valley Elementary School of the Midway Independent School District. Kari Baker told several individuals that she believed the interview went well and she was positive about the prospect of a new position within the school district. Your affiant believes that, according to friends and relatives, Kari Baker was very positive about the future and not suicidal."

Suspicious Behavior -

Affair - gave Kari's cell phone to girlfriend after Kari died and they logged over 3,000 minutes talking to each other in the first 25 days after Kari was murdered, shopped for engagement rings within days after Kari's death
Computer - looking up "overdose by sleeping pill", buying Ambien off the internet, moving computers around, lying about which was which, switching inventory labels in effort to disguise the computer switch
Behavior - eerily calm call to 911, being able to just fall asleep after they removed Kari's body while her family stayed up all night waiting for the girls to wake up and have to tell them their Momma was gone. Removal of Kari's personal things and photos from the home just after her death. Acting in such manners that Kari told a counselor and her dearest friends that Matt was having an illicit affair, that she found the crushed pills, and that she believed Matt was going to kill her.

Upon hearing that a Texas Ranger was there at the school to arrest Matt, he grabbed his girls and elluded authorities for hours before his attorney talked him into turning himself in.

Past behaviors that show character (or lack thereof) - firings from jobs and allegations of sexual misconduct and assuault

Well, that's enough for one day. My fingers ache from just this dent in the evidence.


Anonymous said...

Great job of summarizing...You could have been a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

wow--you go, girl!! You should be a crime writer. Do you think you will be selected for the jury? Hope so! :)

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry the most for the two kids. The oldest one was pretty introverted and I know this is hard on her.

Anonymous said...

Yes. It's heartbreaking that amount of pain that Matt has and continues to inflict on them. They are the ultimate victims in this tragedy.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for the writer of this blog. Your hatred oozes forth from every pore. There are so many holes in the arrest warrant that a good attorney will have no trouble ripping it to shreds. The prosecution will have to actually PROVE the "facts" you have boldfaced in your post.

Instead of being judge, jury, and executioner, I suggest you give the legal system time to run it's course. Whatever the truth is will be forthcoming. Until that happens you need to ask the Lord to help you control the anger and hatred in your heart.

Anonymous said...

I don't have trouble sleeping at night. My heart is full of love. Yes, I hate evil behavior. The Lord does not expect me to embrace it. Romans 12:9 tells me to "Hate that which is evil." Murder isn't a pretty subject. Shining the light on it isn't either. I fully intend on letting (and watching) the legal system run its course for Matt's earthly judgment. I pray that he begs and finds forgiveness from the Lord.

But as for now, some quotes that come to mind:
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

"He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done."


Anonymous said...

I have often thought about what was in Matt Baker's heart when he killed Kari. You used the words: anger and hatred in your heart.

That might be a start. I would also add..darkness...blackness

BTW--Arrest warrents aren't meant to do anything but show probable cause. Word is that the real evidence will chill you to the bone.

Do sociapaths repent?

Keep on with your warrior self, Shannon the blogger!!!

Anonymous said...

I, in no way, feel sorry for this blogger. She has only stated the facts in the arrest affidavit. The only hatred I have seen, is in Matt Baker's eyes. Yes, all we can do is continue to pray that justice will be served and that everyone will know the truth! And pray for those little girls who have lost a mother and now their father. What kind of a person takes a mother away from her children. He's the evil one!!!

Anonymous said...

You can run on for a long time,
run on for a long time, run on for a long time.
Sooner or later God'll cut you down.
Sooner or later God'll cut you down.

Anonymous said...

Surely the above commentor wasn't basing whether they knew Matt was guilty or innocent because they visited his church and enjoyed his style of preaching?? Surely not.

And if the arrest warrant is inaccurate, wouldn't you want that proved as such in a court of law once and for all? Let Matt have his time to prove he's innocent and be able to move on with his life without such horrible questions and rumors. Right?

And I can promise you this: If you come to find out that he took her life, you will so internally regret ever thinking, much less saying and writing "Their mom chose to leave them." Gives me shivers.

Anonymous said...

And I can promise you this: If you come to find out that he did not take her life, you will so internally regret ever thinking a lot of your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I just reread this posting and the affidavit, and at the very beginning it talks about when the body was exhumed the ME found the drugs in the muscle tissue. WOW, that means to me that she had been taking these drugs for days and days or it would not have been in the muscle tissue. Drugs do not go straight to the muscles. Wonder how the JP signing this was able to understand this?

Anonymous said...

It could mean that to you because you aren't a toxicologist or medical examiner. I have talked to those who do understand these things you have missed the mark. However, it does mean something quite important....something that will just have to wait for the trial.

You can stop trying to get me or others commenting to discuss specifics. The experts and prosecution will have it covered.