Baker can leave NC with notice

Adam Baker can leave North Carolina, but only after he gives advance notice.

Baker appeared in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday for a bond modification hearing when Judge Eric Levinson told him he is free to leave the state as long as he files a notice seven days prior to leaving the area.

District Attorney Jay Gaither previously filed a request asking that Baker be required to stay in Burke, Catawba or Caldwell counties while awaiting trial on two felony charges filed against him in Catawba County. Baker still cannot leave the U.S.

Those charges include one count each of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Baker is also wearing an ankle monitoring device.

Baker is the father of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, who he reported missing in October. Zahra's case later turned to a homicide investigation.

Meanwhile, Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, is charged with second-degree murder. Adam Baker, however, faces no charges related to Zahra's death.

Baker's next court date will be in July for the two felony charges he's facing in Catawba County.