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Adam Baker case continued in Caldwell

November 3, 2011

Adam Troy Baker is scheduled to be back in Caldwell County District Court in January, but that appearance may not happen.

District Court Judge Burford Cherry agreed to continue the case against Baker, but WSOC-TV Channel 9 reports that Baker’s case could be turned over to grand jury members during the week of Nov. 14.

Adam Baker is the former husband of Elisa Baker, who was sentenced in September to 15-18 years in prison for murdering his disabled daughter Zahra. Adam is charged in Caldwell County with multiple counts of communicating threats, writing worthless checks and failing to return rental property. If he is indicted on those charges, his case would be transferred to Superior Court.

The charges against Adam Baker date back to May 2010 while he and Elisa Baker were living in Caldwell County.

According to reports, Adam and Elisa threatened to harm a woman, man and their 7-month-old daughter by chasing them in a car on Horsehoe Bend Road. The report states that the Bakers tried to run the man and woman off the road when Adam swerved his car toward the driver’s side of the vehicle driven by the female victim and then stopped in front of them. The complaint also alleges that Adam threatened to kill the woman and her passengers, indicating that Elisa Baker claimed to have a Taser with her.

Adam Baker is also accused of writing worthless checks to area retailers in May 2010 and not returning rental property. The victims listed on the official court docket include Bestway Rental, Food Lion, Lowes Foods and other individuals.

In an unrelated case, the Hickory Police Department has charged Adam with obtaining property by false pretenses and identity theft. He is accused of using someone else’s name and Social Security number to illegally turn on the power at the house he rented in Hickory.

Reports show that police were aware of Adam’s alleged criminal activity last December and had been conducting interviews and obtaining court orders to build a case against Adam Baker for the grand jury. Law enforcement officials expedited the process when they learned that Adam wanted to return to Australia. A detainer has since been issued by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, which will prevent Adam from leaving the United States.

He is not in custody.

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