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â€¨Adam Bakerâ€™s attorney says his client could be home in Australia as early as next week.
â€¨Baker, the father of the 10-year-old, Zahra, who was brutally murdered in 2010, will most likely consent to a plea deal Thursday for charges against him in Catawba and Caldwell counties.
â€¨Baker is charged in Catawba County with identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Heâ€™s also charged in Caldwell County with failure to return rental property, communicating threats, communicating threats/assault with a deadly weapon and five counts of simple worthless check charges.â€¨All of his charges are unrelated to his daughterâ€™s death.
â€¨â€śWeâ€™re hoping to take care of the cases in Catawba and then go to Lenoir and take care of those,â€ť Bakerâ€™s attorney Mark Killian said Wednesday. â€śWe hope he gets to return to his homeland.â€ť
â€¨Adam Baker is the former husband of Elisa Baker, who was sentenced in September 2011 to 15-18 years for murdering Zahra in 2010.
â€¨In 2011, investigators and prosecutors determined â€śthere is no evidence to suggest (Adam) was involvedâ€ť in Zahraâ€™s death.
â€¨The North Carolina Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill released Zahra's remains last month to a Hickory funeral home, where they were cremated and given to Adam Baker.
â€¨Baker says he wants to return to Australia and give Zahra a proper service and burial there, but he cannot leave the country until his charges are resolved.
â€¨â€śThe plan is to take Zahra back home,â€ť Killian told press members Wednesday.
â€¨Killian said the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office will determine when Baker can return to Australia.â€¨â€¨
Elisa pleading, too?
â€¨According to reports, Elisa Baker is expected to appear in U.S. District Court Thursday on federal drug charges.
â€¨According to court papers filed last month, she has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to distribute a mixture that contained painkillers oxycodone and hyrdocodone, and the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam. The conspiracy charge is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
â€¨Elisa Baker was originally indicted on seven federal drug charges, but a reported plea agreement calls for prosecutors to dismiss six of the charges.