UPDATE: Teresa Baker Accepts Kennedy Plea to Lesser Charges in Murder Case

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/28/14 @ 2 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Teresa Baker has pleaded guilty to felony voluntary manslaughter and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter as part of a Kennedy Plea during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court Thursday morning.

Baker was charged with killing Jeffrey Sadler, in February 2008.

Baker says she shot Sadler to protect her daughter, who he'd threatened to stab with a knife.

Baker, who was charged with murder, was finally scheduled to stand trial on September 8. It was a trial that had been postponed a least 10 times in the past six years.

During the hearing Thursday morning, Judge Alfred Ferguson said he would hold off accepting the plea until Baker completes five year probation.

At the end of that time, if Baker stays out of trouble the voluntary manslaughter charge is dismissed and the case basically goes away and she can go on with her life, according to her attorney, Chad Hatcher.

"I really think this was the best possible way to go, because avoiding trial, it would've been really grueling, we would've needed to use my grandson as a witness, he saw it and what happened and all the lead-up into it," said Baker following the hearing.

Cabell County Prosecutor, Corky Hammers said in court that Baker called 911 first, but it took police an hour and eight minutes to arrive. Hammer called it a good case with a "fair result."

“I did what I had to do and I do hate it that I ever killed anybody," said Baker. “At the end, I'll have misdemeanor manslaughter and that's something I can live with."

Baker has been out of jail almost the entire time since the shooting. She now plans to live with her elderly parents to help take care of them.

In a Kennedy Plea, the defendant accepts the punishment for the crime without admitting guilt.



UPDATE 8/26/14 @ 10:55 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Huntington woman charged with the shooting death of her daughter’s boyfriend has apparently agreed to accept a Kennedy Plea in the case.

Teresa Baker is charged with killing Jeffrey Sadler, in February 2008.

Baker says she shot Sadler to protect her daughter, who he'd threatened to stab with a knife.

Baker, who is charged with murder, was back in court Tuesday morning for a hearing prior to start of her trial. Her trial, which had been postponed 10 times was set to begin September 8.

During the hearing, prosecutors told the court that Baker was willing to accept a Kennedy Plea, but her attorney said he was unaware of the agreement. As a result, Baker will be back in court Thursday for the plea hearing.

In a Kennedy Plea, the defendant accepts the punishment for the crime without admitting guilt.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/1/14
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- "It has been a long time." That was the response of a woman charged with murder when asked how she felt about her trial being delayed 10 times.

Teresa Baker was supposed to go to trial Tuesday for the shooting death of her daughter’s boyfriend, Jeffrey Sadler, in February 2008.

Baker says she shot Sadler to protect her daughter, who he'd threatened to stab with a knife.

Tuesday morning Baker returned to court where she learned her trial will now take place on September 8.

The latest delay is due in part to Corky Hammers being named Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney earlier this year, and now handling the case.

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