(March 25, 2008)—The murder complaint against former Waco-area pastor Matt Baker, who was harged [sic] in the death of his 31-year-old wife Kari, was dropped Tuesday. Kari Baker died in April 2006 in the couple’s Hewitt home in [sic]. McLennan County Justice of the Peace Billy Martin signed the dismissal order at the request of Baker’s attorney because the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office had not sought an indictment with [sic] the required 180 days after Baker’s arrest. Martin says it’s the first such writ he’s signed in his more than ten years as justice of the peace. The order also returns the $200,000 bond Baker posted in October. Martin said if prosecutors think they have enough evidence to re-file the arrest warrant, Baker could be rearrested. The original arrest warrant for Baker was issued in September. Baker surrendered to authorities in Kerrville, where he was living with the couple's two daughters and working as a substitute high school teacher.
As far as I know now, this is just procedural due to the 180 days limit. But new murder charges could be refiled as early as......tomorrow. Baker is NOT off this hook yet. This is merely a formality. Let Baker's friend have his bond money back. It means nothing.