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State's case hinged on agreement

September 17, 2011

N.C. District 25 Attorney Jay Gaither defended and supported Friday his office's decision to pursue a second-degree murder charge for Elisa Baker.

Gaither's defense aligned with comments he made Thursday about what could have happened in the Zahra Baker case had the state not made the plea agreement with Elisa and her defense attorneys.

Case changed with agreement DA: Risks outweighed gains with first-degree

September 17, 2011

N.C. District 25 Attorney Jay Gaither on Friday defended and supported his office's decision to pursue a second-degree murder charge for Elisa Baker.

Gaither's defense aligned with comments he made Thursday about what could have happened in the Zahra Baker case if the state had not made the plea agreement with Elisa and her defense attorneys.

Federal charges loom for Elisa Baker

September 17, 2011

Elisa Baker's days in court are not done.

Baker still faces federal drug trafficking charges. The trial is currently set to be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Voorhees at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in Statesville, according to the U.S. District Attorney's western North Carolina office.

The charges include:

n one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million

What about Adam?

September 17, 2011

Before Elisa Baker’s sentencing on Thursday, Adam Baker had been primarily quiet.


He had talked openly to police and investigators, but to the public, his involvement in the murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker was mysterious. 
On Thursday, however, he addressed the court, the public and Elisa herself for the first time openly.


“Elisa, I trusted you with the most precious person in my life,” Adam said. “You not only lied to me, you also lied to Zahra. Zahra loved you more than anything in the world. ... You filled her life with lies.”

DA discusses emotions of trial

September 17, 2011

Throughout the past 11 months, the Zahra Baker case has wore on many Catawba County citizens emotionally – even the area’s district attorney.

N.C. District 25 Attorney Jay Gaither said while he, his office and area law enforcement were forced to put emotions aside during the case, he said certain details of the event definitely touched everyone.

“Emotions come on me quickly and come on me strong,” Gaither said.

“There were a couple of occasions specifically where it was hard to not get emotionally involved.”

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