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UPDATE: Judge Confirms, Then Postpones Trial Date for Teresa Baker

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

UPDATE 11/19/13 @ 3 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The trial for a woman accused of shooting and killing her daughter's boyfriend will not start next month, as was originally ordered Tuesday morning

Teresa Baker is charged with shooting and killing her daughter's boyfriend, Jeffrey Sadler, in February 2008 in Guyandotte.

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

During a hearing last week, Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles filed a motion to continue the trial so he could line up expert witnesses.

Tuesday morning, Judge Al Ferguson denied that motion and ordered the trial to start December 10.

Several hours after issuing that order, Ferguson issued another order saying the trial would not start next month due to issues with copies of transcripts from a prior hearing that have not yet been prepared for the prosecution and defense.

Ferguson said the delay was due to prior obligations with the court reporter that were ordered by the W.Va. Supreme Court of Appeals, in conjunction with this Court’s busy docket.

December 10 will now be a pre-trial hearing. A new trial will be set later.

The judge has still not ruled whether Baker's grandchild, who witnessed the crime, will be allowed to testify in the trial. The boy was five years old when the shooting happened.

Prosecutor Chris Chiles questioned the boy's ability to recall accurately the events of four years ago since he was only five at the time of the shooting. The boy is nine years old now.



UPDATE 11/19/13 @ 1:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The trial for a woman accused of shooting and killing her daughter's boyfriend will start next month, as scheduled.

Teresa Baker is charged with shooting and killing her daughter's boyfriend, Jeffrey Sadler, in February 2008 in Guyandotte.

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

During a hearing last week, Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles filed a motion to continue the trial so he could line up expert witnesses.

Tuesday Judge Al Ferguson denied that motion. The trial is scheduled to start December 10.

The judge is also expected to rule on whether Baker's grandchild, who witnessed the crime, will be allowed to testify in the trial. The boy was five years old when the shooting happened.

Prosecutor Chris Chiles questioned the boy's ability to recall accurately the events of four years ago since he was only five at the time of the shooting. The boy is nine years old now.

Judge Ferguson has not made a ruling on that motion yet.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/15/13 @ 1:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A ruling will come down Monday to determine if a murder trial will be delayed, and if when that trial happens, a child will testify.

Teresa Baker is charged with shooting and killing her daughter's boyfriend, Jeffrey Sadler, in February 2008 in Guyandotte.

Before the shooting, Baker says she called 911 from her home and waited more than an hour for police, but they never showed up.

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

Baker's grandson, who is nine-year-old now, witnessed the shooting and could be called to testify if the defense gets its way.

During Friday's hearing, Prosecutor Chis Chiles questioned the boy's ability to recall accurately the events of four years ago since he was only five at the time of the shooting.

The trial is currently scheduled to start on Dec. 10.

Friday, Chiles also filed a motion to continue the trial so he can line up expert witnesses.

Baker's defense attorney says this delay in justice is no justice at all. He said, "With regard to this motion to continue, I'm shocked and appalled"

Also during the hearing, the defense asked for Baker to be taken off home confinement. But Judge Al Ferguson confirmed Baker has not been on home confinement.

Ferguson is expected to make a decision on the trial date, and the testimony on Monday.

To read more on Baker's story, click the link to the right.


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