Saturday, December 13, 2008

Waco Tribune Herald article today

In the WacoTrib.com Today....
Former Central Texas minister Matt Baker seeks dismissal of wrongful death suit because of lack of evidence

Surprise - Baker seeks dismissal
In today's paper, you will find Tommy Witherspoon's article about the upcoming hearing. He talked with the "powers that be" and went over the evidence. Some of what he mentions:
Bill Johnston (one of the Dulin's attorneys) filed an 88-page response to the summary judgment that included statements from forensic experts, psychologists, investigators, a computer expert and the jewelry store clerk that overheard Baker and a woman shopping for engagement rings less than a month after Kari's death. Johnston's response also alleges that Baker killed his wife while pursing a relationship with this woman. (You know, the jewerly-store-looking-at-engagment-rings woman. My comment...not Tommy's) Within the 88-page report, you'll find evidence of Baker conducting internet searches concerning sleeping pills and overdoses and then, well, gee, he ordered medication from online pharmacies. There are conversations on the record about Kari finding crushed pills in Matt's briefcase four days before her death. Kari told a counselor 3 days before her death that she feared Matt was going to kill her.



Furthermore, quoting from the article:

"Johnston’s response also includes statements from experts and other witnesses
who reportedly will testify that:
* Kari Baker did not die of a drug overdose.
* Kari Baker had been dead “significantly longer” than Matt Baker’s story would allow.
* Matt Baker did not dress Kari Baker before her body was found.
* Matt Baker performed Internet searches at work for death by overdose and Ambien, a sleeping aid found in Kari Baker’s system.
* Kari Baker’s behavior was not consistent with someone contemplating suicide."

And all in all, the most important quote from this article comes from the DA's office in regards to the criminal case:


“ 'Because there was no autopsy done on the cause of death as is customary in a criminal case, our office is having to go back and look at things that were left undone at the time,' said Crawford Long, Segrest’s first assistant. 'We are currently awaiting the results of forensic evidence that is being tested as part of this investigation.' ”


Sounds an awful lot like a very active criminal investigation is going on. The DA's office knows this case must be fully investigated and that the citizens of McLennan County (and all over) are watching and praying for full justice to be done in the death of Kari Baker. We will not let Kari be forgotten. We will all continue to cry out for justice for Kari and her girls.....it is our duty.....it is our priviledge.

These wheels may turn slow...but they are turning. They are turning in God's timing and at His will. We will watch this all unfold as He sees fit. 2009 should bring much justice and much peace in this case. We are all looking forward to a conclusion in this case. But more than that, clearing Kari's honor in her girls' eyes and hearts. While it is awful what they will have to face in regards to who their Father really is, they will finally know that their loving Mother DID NOT leave them of her own doing. She loved them more than anything and would have never missed spending her life watching them grow into beautiful young ladies and then ultimately into beautiful women full of God's love and grace. She would have never chosen to miss daily life with them. Never chosen to miss birthday parties, Christmas, baptisms, graduations, weddings and grandbabies with them. Kari was robbed of these future experiences. And the girls were robbed of their Mother being there for them through all these wonderful times. Justice can't undo that BUT the truth would be a blessing that would change their lives forever.....and for the better!

Sidenote: If you have missed any Waco Tribune articles on this case, there are links to them on the right hand side of the article. Very good reading.

10 comments:

Linda said...

Thank you, Shannon. It is an honor to know you and call you my friend.
Linda

Anonymous said...

This comment was posted along with quite a few others after the article. Scroll down after the Trib article to read the comments. I just liked it. God-smack :). I like Fred!

By Fred

Dec 13, 2008 9:41 AM | Link to this

Don't worry. Justice ALWAYS prevails. This clown is going to get his fair share of GOD-SMACK before his time is done. What goes around comes around. He will Reap what he has Sown. GOD-SMACK justice is much more severe that what Police or Courtroom justice can handout. No one can hide from GOD-SMACK justice. His goose will be cooked in a very HOT oven. May God give peace to the family of the murder victim. GOD-SMACK has a way of twisting the thumbscrews (here on Earth) long before the final Judgment Day. Indeed.....there is Hell on Earth.

Anonymous said...

Here's the link if you want to read the full article. Scroll down for all of the comments.

http://www.wacotrib.com/search/content/news/stories/2008/12/13/12132008wacmattbaker.html

Shannon said...

Thanks for pointing out that my link was messed up. Sorry. I fixed the link. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Ive been following this case and this looks like another publicity stunt by the parade of attorneys baker has had. IMO this will backfire on baker and he'll get hosed. the dulin's deserve a medal for all they are doing

sadie said...

J
u
s
t
i
c
e

f
o
r

K
a
r
i

i
s

c
o
m
i
n
g
.
.
.

It is sent by the Lord almighty, and no-one --- especially not a lying, murdering, adulterous, perverted, scared ex-preacher who killed the mother of his children and thought he could get away with it --- nor any publicity-seeking attorney-du-jour ---

c
a
n

s
t
o
p

i
t
!

It took time, but thank God the DA is getting those wheels turning on this case, too!

Praying for the girls, praying for the Dulins, praying for the hearing Thursday, praying for justice to prevail at long last.

Thank you, Shannon, for staying on this train till the last whistle blows!

~sadie~

liz said...

You go, Sadie!!!
Liz

Anonymous said...

You are getting your hopes up and will probably see them dashed on Thursday. Mrs. Dulin's attorney's filed 88 pages of what is referred to in the legal profession as "fluff". The things the writer of the article refer to are not 'evidence'. They are suspicious events being twisted and turned to achieve a specific outcome but a judge will see through such an effort. Suspicions are not hard evidence. My bet is 60/40 this case will be dismissed.

Shannon said...

I'm not going to argue about credentials of the experts on each side. Oh, wait....there are only experts on ONE side. Interesting. And you know, Bill Johnston has been at this game for a long time and he knows what type of expert testimony can and should be used in court. Fluff? Hardly. Either you don't know what's in there or you are like Matt's attorney in that you think if you say "fluff" and "act" informed, that people will fall for it. Uh, nope. Once this is public record, I'll get the documents and evidence and we can discuss it here. I'm sure you won't feel it's very "fluffy" at all. Suspicions? Don't make me laugh. Science and evidence is the "name of this game."

However, no one can say for sure how the judge will rule. However, my money is this judge will see there is plenty of facts and information provided that show there needs to be a trial. You know, you handfull of Matt-lovers should want a trial. I mean, this will give your man a chance to clear his name publically. Hey, the truth is what we all want, rigth? (Well, I know the Dulins want the truth told. I'm pretty sure Pastor Baker is doing everything he can to run from it.)

Truth and Justice. I thought that's what everyone involved wanted.

Washington State said...

To Anonymous(Dec.16 8:35)

Sounds to me like you already know what YOUR ATTORNEY is going to do in court. I am so glad you learned some knew legal terms like "fluff".