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Man arraigned in Travis Baker murder

January 4, 2011

The man accused of murdering a Catawba County teen was arraigned Tuesday in court.

John Lee Mitchell, 48, is charged with murdering Travis Lee Baker, 19, who was reported missing in 2007.

Mitchell's attorney, Lisa Dubs, was present for the arraignment, which is the formal reading of a criminal complaint against a defendant. Mitchell is in Catawba County jail with no bond.

Investigators combed the county for signs of Baker or his red Camaro, and the teen's remains were located in June 2009 on a property in Catawba County.

Mitchell was arrested June 24, 2009, in Orange County, Fla., and transported to North Carolina. Police charged Mitchell with first-degree murder.

He allegedly shot Baker after the two got into an altercation.

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