Adam Baker’s attorney wants case moved

Adam Baker’s attorney will file a motion for change of venue in his client’s case because of pervasive media coverage, he announced Tuesday.

Adam Baker, the father of the 10-year-old  girl who was brutally murdered last year, is charged with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.

On Tuesday, Adam Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, announced in court that he will pursue a motion for change of venue due to a large amount of biased media coverage surrounding his client’s case.

“It would be very difficult for Adam to get a fair trial here,” Killian said.

Adam Baker’s trial was continued to Nov. 7 for a hearing revolving around the change of venue motion.

Like Baker's attorney, Elisa Baker's defense also seeks a change of venue as she faces second-degree murder charges and other crimes connected to the death and dismemberment of Zahra Baker. A 10-year-old cancer survivors, Baker disappeared in October 2010, and parts of her dismembered body were discovered at various locations in Catawba and Caldwell County.

Last month, Superior Court Judge Tim Kincaid approved the change of venue request made by Elisa's Baker's attorney, Scott Reilly.

Proceedings expected to reveal a decision about on where the second-degree murder trial will be moved is scheduled for Monday in Catawba County Superior Court.

Elisa Baker also faces federal drug trafficking charges.

She was indicted by a federal grand jury in May and faces a total of seven counts that could bring a prison sentence of up to 140 years if she is convicted. 

The indictment alleges that from 2006 to October 2010, Elisa conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute the controlled substances oxycodone, hydrocodone and alprazolam. The indictment also alleges that she distributed and possessed with intent to distribute those same controlled substances during the same period of time. 

She was originally scheduled to appear on those charges on Tuesday, but that proceeding was continued until Nov. 7.