September 16th, 2011
Elisa Baker will serve 15-18 years in prison for the murder of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
While Thursdayâ€™s sentencing ended a nearly year-long criminal follow-up to Zahraâ€™s disappearance and death, law enforcement officials said that many questions surrounding the mystery of her death remain.
Almost a year after Zahra Baker was reported missing from her Hickory home, the world finally got an explanation behind what happened to the 10-year-old Australian girl who won two battles against cancer.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaidâ€™s sentence was loud and clear on Thursday â€“ Elisa Baker will serve at least 15 years in state prison. What is less lucid is if her sentence is just.
Elisaâ€™s family members are â€śtorn,â€ť the public thinks â€śno,â€ť and Zahra Bakerâ€™s biological mother seems content with the ruling, but offered no public comment.
Even at its worst, Foard was the best.
The Lady Tigers volleyball team (8-3, 3-1) earned another Northwestern Conference volleyball victory in decisive fashion at home Thursday against Hibriten, 25-13, 25-12, 25-7.
In spite of the victory, Foard coach Alison Yount was not pleased with her teamâ€™s efforts.
â€śThe score doesnâ€™t look like we played bad, but in my opinion, we played pretty poorly,â€ť Yount said. â€śWe worked hard in the third game and played a lot better than we did in the first two games. Our heads just werenâ€™t in the gameâ€ť
Elisa Baker has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Zahra Baker.â€¨As part of the agreement, she has been sentenced to 177 months up to 222 months in prison.â€¨The hearing continues as law enforcement offer descriptions of the investigation and the search for Zahra Baker. Among details they provided include Elisa Bakerâ€™s statement that Zahra died on Sept. 24, shortly after she was fed. Elisa said she found the child unresponsive inside their Hickory home, and attempted CPR for 20 minutes.
If possession is ninth-tenths of the law, the Foard soccer team would be guilty as charged.
The Tigers (6-4-1, 1-1-0) controlled the soccer ball for 72-of-80 minutes played Wednesday on their way to 5-0 Northwestern Conference win over Alexander Central (3-6-2, 0-2-0).
â€śAlexander Central tried to play a high line,â€ť said Foard coach Scottie Goforth. â€śThey tried to run the on-side trap on us. However, we adjusted our runs, adjusted a little bit on possession and focused more on just possessing the ball.â€ť
Throughout the Zahra Baker case, the phrase â€ścrime of the centuryâ€ť has been tossed around by citizens and attorneys alike. Regardless of whether the mysterious slaying of the 10-year-old cancer survivor is the most notable crime in county history, one thing is fairly certain â€“ it has been the most watched, read or listened to.
Since the time Zahra mysteriously disappeared on Oct. 9, television, radio and newspaper media have reported non-stop on the case that has been called â€śoverwhelmingâ€ť by the defense attorney and judge involved in the case.
An 11-month mystery started when 10-year-old Zahra Baker was reported missing on Oct. 12, 2010.
Since then, the story of her life, her disappearance and her death have captivated local and national communities. Along the way there have been an array of police investigations and a collection of criminal charges, press conferences, courtroom proceedings, and a few embarrassing gaffes.
The ordeal ongoing nearly a year is expected to end today.
With all signs pointing to the end of the Elisa Baker murder case being today, law enforcement officials are preparing for a crowd at the courthouse.
â€śThis is a high-profile case, and we anticipate more people being there,â€ť said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid. â€śWe will have extra security inside and outside the courtrooms and will have an extra metal detector set up as well.â€ť
Three numbers â€” 2,029, 3,697 and one â€” are being eyed by Bunker Hill running back Reggie Davis.
The senior, who surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for his career last Friday against Fred T. Foard, is chasing the schoolâ€™s single-season rushing mark of 2,029 yards and the career rushing record of 3,697 yards.
Davis said his accomplishment Friday made him even hungrier.