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Baker drug trial postponed

October 17, 2011

A federal drug trial has been postponed for Elisa Baker, the North Carolina woman who pleaded guilty last month to killing 10-year-old Zahra Baker.

The drug trial for Elisa Baker – who was sentenced in September to 15-18 years for the second-degree murder of Zahra – has been delayed until Jan. 9. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 7.

Attorneys requested more time to prepare for the trial

In May, a federal grand jury indicted Baker on seven drug charges that accuse her of illegal drug activity between 2006 and 2010. She's accused of misusing painkillers and anxiety medicine.

Baker could be sentenced to about 10 years in prison and fined more than $4 million if convicted on all charges.

The charges include one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance; three counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances; and three counts of maintaining a place for the purposes of distributing a controlled substance.

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