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BREAKING: Adam Baker seeks venue change

November 8, 2011

The father of 10-year-old murder victim Zahra Baker appeared in court in Newton on Tuesday. Like the woman accused of murdering his daughter, he wants his criminal trial to be moved to a new venue.

Adam Baker faces Catawba County charges of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Both counts are felonies, but are unrelated to Zahra Baker’s murder.

In Caldwell County, Baker is charged with two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property.

Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian, filed for a change of venue for the trial of his Catawba County charges on Nov. 3. After Killian met with District 25 Attorney James C. Gaither Jr. on Monday, an administrative hearing on that venue change request was set for Jan. 4.

In his motion Killian argues that extensive media coverage of the Zahra Baker case would make it difficult to find an unbiased jury.

Last week, District Court Judge Burford Cherry agreed to continue court proceedings related to Baker’s Caldwell County charges. A Caldwell County grand jury is expected to hear indictments against Baker Nov. 14.

For more details on this story as it develops, visit www.observernewsonline.com and see the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E.

The O-N-E writer Nash Dunn contributed to this report.

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