Arrest order issued for Adam Baker

An order for Adam Baker's arrest was issued Monday in Lenoir District Court.

Baker, who voluntarily departed the United States for Australia in January, was scheduled to appear in Caldwell County court Monday on a misdemeanor charge of failure to return rental property.

The arrest order came on a charge of failure to appear, and a secured bond of $2,000 was issued.

On Jan. 19, Baker left the United States on a flight bound for Australia with the remains of his 10-year-old daughter Zahra. A deportation order by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement already had been issued.

The order for arrest was a procedural matter, said Assistant District 25 Attorney Richard Holloway. If Baker doesn’t turn up to face the latest charge, the case could be dismissed with leave, meaning Baker could be charged for the same crime if he returns afterward.

James C. Gaither, district 25 attorney, declined to comment on the charge.

Baker was to also serve a 30-day sentence in Caldwell County for assault with a deadly weapon.

That sentence stemmed from an incident in which Baker allegedly tried to run down a couple in their car with his vehicle on May 13, 2010, on Horseshoe Bend Road after a dispute with Adam’s wife, Elisa, about money owed for pocketbooks.

Baker’s sentence was appealed. That case is scheduled for March 26 in Superior Court, and four outstanding charges for worthless checks are scheduled for the district court docket the same day.

Baker’s wife, Elisa, was convicted Sept. 15, 2011, in Catawba County of second-degree murder for the death and dismemberment of Zahra.

Elisa received a minimum prison sentence of 14 years, 9 months after entering the guilty plea.

Zahra’s death was ruled as undetermined homicidal violence. Adam Baker was not implicated in the murder.