Friday, December 28, 2007

Comment on the

New comment on the article......
I think whoever Eric is....he sums up a lot of people's thoughts.

By Eric
Dec 27, 2007 10:26 AM Link to this
I belive Mr. Baker has blocked what he has done out of his mind. Maybe he did not mean to do it, but he did. Someone of his stature always has the capability and assumpsion that they will be forgiven by God for anything they do, which is true. BUT Mr. Baker has made too many mistakes in his life to get past the law again! Yes, God will be with him as God is with everyone. This time the truth shall prevail in the trial. To the families involved God Bless you and may you all seek justice is what is right and deserved.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Kerrville -
What is the point of this picture? It really looks bad to me.

Waiting in 'limbo' tough for Matt Baker

* I just realized that the picture doesn't show up on the link for the article. You have to click on "Front Page" on the left menu of the newspaper's site to see it.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Confused. Yet....

GoodLordAMercy....... (yes, said all in one breath.....just like Grandma used to.) Someone is a bit excited and a bit confuzzled. It started with a comment on a post. And then the commentor was called out. I don't think that commentor liked that. He, I mean they/he/she/it, got jiggy with it and sent comment after comment to me off different posts because they/he/she/it knows I get all the comments emailed to me. Then got miffed because I didn't get them posted fast enough. Yeah, I got them. I've been busy the last 24 hours with my Mom being sick, shopping for Christmas and other busy, major stuff. Sorry I didn't "let" your comments through fast enough. No. I'm not afraid to. I read them quickly and saved as new to read again. Don't make sense. Thought they might if I read them again. Nope. But I'll just post them all together. Don't want you to feel slighted. But I think you missed the whole point of the original response from Lindsey/Ryann. SHE'S not hiding anything. But somebody is.

Anonymous said...
If open hands says you have nothing to hide, then one only has to look at the Waco Trib article of December 8 when there were 4 different photos on the top, and one will see hands wide open. And the close-ups are used to show emotions and a real person. In thinking back to the interviews of the Dulin family, Linda, Nancy, Ryann, etc, seems as tho they were all videoed using a far shot and not the close-up. Hummm? And now that they should be rebutting anything Matt says they have gone silent? December 19, 2007 11:58AM

Ryann??? So busted!!! said...
The poster above makes me laugh (busted MB). No one calls me Ryann except family (or ex...very ex in this case). I was called Lindsey in interviews. Get you a job, boy!!! LINDSEY
December 19, 2007 5:29PM


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "More Baker in the News":
May I say that I definitely am NOT MB, nor do I want to be. But I did, and still think of you as Ryann. I knew you as a teenager and have seen you around town ever since then. Was the name change an attempt to change your personality? Did it work? Doesn't seem to. Did Kari call you Lindsey or Ryann? HmmmmmmmmBusted!!!!
Posted by Anonymous at December 21, 2007 8:41 AM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post ""Comments A Plenty"":
Again, let me inform you - I am NOT MB - but did know Ryann when she was Ryann - and have seen her a few times since she has attempted to change her image to Lindsey. Please do NOT assume I am MB! not LOL
Posted by Anonymous at December 21, 2007 8:44 AM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "No one will ever know?":
OMG you are so BUSTED, Ryann, thought you only went by Lindsey!!!!! How many personalities do you really have?
Posted by Anonymous at December 21, 2007 8:49 AM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "More Baker in the News":
Ryann, Lindsey, whoever who want to be, go back and look at your Dec. 12 posting on this site. You signed your own posting as RYANN. Caught you, Ryann. You can run, you can change your name, but you will be found out.
Posted by Anonymous at December 21, 2007 8:52 AM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "POP QUIZ":
So, Shannon, you won't post that Ryann is the same as Lindsey, huh? She has even signed her posts a couple of times as Ryann.... I knew her years ago as Ryann. Makes someone wonder why a person would want to live under two names. And I am more interested to see if you will actually post this one, as you have not posted any of the other ones regarding this. hmmmmmm
Posted by Anonymous at December 22, 2007 5:27 PM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "More Baker in the News":
Again, let me say that Lindsey and Ryann are the same person. I have known her for many years. Wonder why you won't post my responds?
Posted by Anonymous at December 22, 2007 5:28 PM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post ""Comments A Plenty"":
Lindsey and Ryann are the same, however Shannon does not want to always allow truth to get posted.
Posted by Anonymous at December 22, 2007 5:29 PM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "No one will ever know?":
First, RYANN, I might live in Waco but have had opportunity to know the Baker Family, and do not for a minute believe they are posting any of the negative things you are giving them credit for. They are above that. They loved Kari and would not want to see her image blasted the way you are saying they have, and are doing. Get real, Ryann, or Lindsey, whichever person you choose to be called this week. I have known you for years, and first knew you as Ryann.
Posted by Anonymous at December 22, 2007 5:35 PM

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "POP QUIZ":
So, Shannon, you won't post that Ryann is the same as Lindsey, huh? She has even signed her posts a couple of times as Ryann.... I knew her years ago as Ryann. Makes someone wonder why a person would want to live under two names. And I am more interested to see if you will actually post this one, as you have not posted any of the other ones regarding this. hmmmmmm
Posted by Anonymous at December 22, 2007 5:27 PM

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Ready? This counts as a test grade.

Who is Ryann?

Monday, December 17, 2007

Accused killer speaks out....

KXXV - Channel 25 News Accused killer speaks out.......
(Article and 2 videos)

"When we got married it was for life. That's what our decision was, so divorce was never an option."

Really? Was this interview supposed to help the defense? I have many, many little notes that I scribbled down while watching this. I won't share them here, though, as much as I'd like to. I don't want to give the defense any more insight into public thinking on Matt's words and actions. But I'm seriously wondering what Mr. Gray is up to. This is very odd. He is trying to help him, right?

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Every year the kids at SV Elementary take a picture with their teacher for an ornament. Some of them seem to be more special than others. ;) Finally found the key to Bro's safe to get this special one out for the tree.

You just never know. Your kids bring home stuff from school ALL the time. Some things stand out as special. Some don't. Of course, this year's ornament was special from Day 1. Yet after Christmas 2005 it was packed away without worry or second-thought. Neither Brody nor I knew exactly how special it was at the time.

It wasn't until the next Christmas when the tree was being trimmed and the ornaments came out. You "ooohhhhh" and "ahhhhh" over so many of them remembering where you were when you bought it....or who gave it to you.....or "this is for you when you grow up," etcetera.

Well, that first "Christmas after" Brody was very protective of this one. For Christmas 2006, Bro received one of the things he had been asking for for a while.....a nice safe. After Christmas 2006, when the tree and ornaments were being packed away, he took this ornament and put it in his new safe....along with another special picture of him with his Kindergarten teacher that had some major health issues and he never got to see again.

For Christmas 2007, it's as special as last year.......and then also much more poignant for me.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

More Baker in the News

NBC Channel 6 - KCEN TV News
Friday, December 14, 2007

Former local pastor accused of killing his wife speaks out

More of the same....with video.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"Comments A Plenty"

I have my settings set so that when a comment is left on my blog, it is also emailed to me. I'm glad because otherwise I might miss a lot. Be sure to check older posts sometimes. I still get comments on posts I wrote in September, October and November. They are all interesting to say the least.

Just wanted to highlight a couple of busy comment areas over the last few days. I'll let you draw you own conclusions. I got a birthday party to get to. Nite.

Don't Even Get Me Started: Changes - Effective Immediately

Don't Even Get Me Started: No one will ever know?

Monday, December 10, 2007

Baker ready to talk about wife's death....

Baker ready to talk about wife's death - San Antonio Express News

Not bad, Zeke.
More comments later. Gotta run.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Interesting Thought...

Quoting a few sentences from a comment on the article/ad that Matt and his attorney had published yesterday:
"Furthermore, can anyone besides me see what Mr. Gray is doing? He's trying to
get a change of venue. He's a publicity hound in the style of Racehorse
Haynes." ~Saddened by This

Once this case goes national, the entire Texas jury pool will know and see and read what there is to offer. It will be impossible to hide in this great state. Newspapers and news stations in not only Waco and the surrounding area but also in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Tyler, Longview, Houston, San Antonio, Kerrville, El Paso, Abilene, Lubbock, Fredricksburg, Harlingon, Corpus Christi and many others are already reporting on this case. And that list will only grow.

You can run on for a long on for a long time.......sooner or later........

Saturday, December 8, 2007

:::::::::::::::: B-A-C-K-F-I-R-E

Nice try, guys. Matt Baker says rumor, innuendo fuel murder charge against him

Very interesting -- the comments portion after the article.

Number of comments at last check = 12 (now 23 -1 that the Trib deleted*)
People who think things smell reeeeaaally bad=11 (now 19-1 that the Trib deleted*)
People in favor of Matt or at least want to reserve their thoughts= 3
This interview’s help for the prosecution = priceless

*I understand why the Trib had to delete Lora's comment so they wouldn't get in trouble by allowing posts that are that powerful and yet not proved YET. YET seems to be one of the words of the day. I'm okay with that. ;) The virtue of patience is starting to suit me.

Friday, December 7, 2007

No one will ever know?

There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Scripture for Thought....

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
"These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve."

Monday, December 3, 2007

Arrest Affidavit

Friday, September 21, 2007
Below is the text from the arrest warrant affidavit issued Friday morning for Matt Baker in the death of his wife, Hewitt teacher Kari Lynn Baker.
Matt Baker surrendered to Kerr County law enforcement officials by day’s end.
An affidavit is a sworn statement alleging probable cause to support an arrest.
Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon and Hewitt Police Det. Ben Toombs obtained the warrant. The text below has been slightly amended.

THE CITY OF HEWITT } Case No: 06-0439




I, Ben Toombs, a licensed peace officer in the State of Texas and employed by the Hewitt Police Department and hereafter referred to as the Affiant, do solemnly swear that I have reason to believe and do believe that Matthew Dee Baker, a white male, date of birth 09-07-1971, hereafter referred to as the Defendant, committed the offense of Murder on or about 04-07-2006 in McLennan County, Texas. On or about that date, the Defendant intentionally or knowingly committed the offense of Murder by causing the death of Kari Lynn Baker by using prescription and/or over-the-counter sleeping medication and alcohol to render her defenseless and then using a pillow or similar item to suffocate her.


My name is Ben Toombs and hereafter referred to as the Affiant. Your Affiant is a Certified Peace Officer in the State of Texas and presently employed as a Criminal Investigator with the Hewitt Police Department in Hewitt, Texas. Your Affiant has been a police officer for seven (7) years and during that time, your Affiant has investigated dozens of felony crimes including the crime of homicide. Your Affiant is currently investigating the death of a woman from Hewitt, Texas, named Kari Lynn Baker. Kari Lynn Baker died on or about April 7, 2006, at her home in Hewitt, Texas. In preparing this affidavit, Affiant has interviewed individuals connected with the case, has reviewed police reports prepared by the City of Hewitt, Texas, and has spoken with experts regarding forensic matters.

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.

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.

According to Kari Baker’s family, Kari Baker and the Defendant were having difficulties in their relationship in the weeks before her death. 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. The Defendant told police that they returned home from the YMCA and that later, about 11:15 p.m., Kari Baker asked the Defendant to go and rent some movies, to put gasoline in the car and to get some candy. The Defendant claimed that he and Kari Baker both drank one (1) or more “fuzzy navel” wine coolers prior to him leaving. The Defendant claimed that he then left the house at approximately 11:15 p.m., purchased gasoline, rented movies, and returned home at about midnight. The Defendant claimed that when he returned home, he found the bedroom door locked and he had to get a screwdriver to open it. The Defendant stated that when he opened the door, he found Kari Baker on the bed, nude, and that she was cold to the touch and her lips were blue. The Defendant then telephoned 9-1-1 and then claimed to have put clothes on Kari Baker and attempted to administer CPR on her body.

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.

On Tuesday, April 4, 2006, Kari Baker met with Joanne Bristol, a counselor (in) Waco, Texas. Kari Baker told Ms. Bristol that she believed that the Defendant was going to kill her. According to Ms. Bristol, Kari Baker was suspicious of the pills she found in the Defendant’s briefcase and previously mentioned in this affidavit. Kari Baker also told Ms. Bristol that she believed that the Defendant was having an illicit affair with another woman. 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.

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.

Your affiant is also aware that the Defendant received approximately $50,000.00 in benefits from the death of his wife. Based upon Affiant’s experience and review of the evidence in this case, your Affiant believes that the Defendant used Ambien in connection with alcohol or alcohol in connection with Unisom to render Kari Baker defenseless and then did and there cause the death of Kari Baker.


Description: Matthew Dee Baker

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Inclined to Agree...

Letter to the Editor in the Kerrville

November 21, 2007


Take time to read arrest warrant. Regarding the benefit to raise funds for Matt Baker’s defense: Perhaps those so inclined to raise money should read the arrest warrant which led to the capture of Matt Baker. Maybe these kindly folks would be less likely to financially contribute to this “cause.”

Though Mr. Baker might be considered innocent until proven guilty, I would be hesitant to support the legal defense of a man who was looking at an engagement ring for his mistress days after his wife’s death.

Save your benevolence for those who aren’t quite so suspect. Showing mercy is a good thing. Throwing pearls before swine is foolhardy.

Julie Janik, Dallas

While I do not know this letter-to-the-editor writer, I am inclined to agree.