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UPDATE: New Trial Date Set for Teresa Baker

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 7/22/13 @ 2:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's been five years since Teresa Baker was accused of killing her daughter's boyfriend, and she has yet to stand trial.

In a hearing on Monday in Cabell County, a new trial date has been set for the woman from Huntington.

Baker is accused of killing Jeffrey Sadler at his home on Cedar Street in Huntington in 2008.

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 Saddler to protect her daughter, who he'd threatened to stab with a knife.

Baker is set to go on trial on December 10.

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UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The fate of a woman charged with murder remains up in the air four years after the victim was shot and killed.

Defense attorneys for Teresa Baker want the murder charge dismissed because they say four years of delay is too much time.

Judge Alfred Ferguson overruled the motion to dismiss the charge Thursday. He said at no point has the defense demanded a speedy trial.

"Various things happened during that 4-year-period of time," defense attorney Chad Hatcher said.

Baker was charged with killing her daughter's boyfriend Jeffrey Sadler at his home on Cedar Street in Huntington.

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

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

The defense tried to get the charge dropped Thursday, saying officials have violated her right to a jury trial within 16 months of her initial indictment.

"It's disrupted her life," Hatcher said.

Cabell County prosecutor Chris Chiles says there are many issues that have put the trial on hold, including delays in examining DNA evidence and clarity of the 911 recordings.

"Many of the delays were done for her benefit because a lot of what's in those statements may benefit her as much as the state," Chiles said.

Jury selection in Baker's trial is now set for December 17, but her defense says they will appeal the judge's dismissal to the Supreme Court.



UPDATE 4/24/12 @ 11:40 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A trial date has been set for a woman accused of murdering her daughter's boyfriend in 2008.

During a hearing on Tuesday, the trial for Teresa Baker was scheduled for October 23.

The case has hit several road stops since the crime in February 2008 when Baker was accused of murdering Jeff Sadler on Cedar Street in Huntington after a domestic situation.

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UPDATE 3/13/12 @ 11:35 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Another hearing was held Tuesday for a woman accused of killing her daughter's boyfriend more than four years ago.

During the hearing Tuesday, Teresa Baker was represented by Chad Hatcher. He is the son of Baker's former attorney Charlie Hatcher, who passed away in January.

Another status hearing was scheduled for Baker for April 20.

Baker is charged in the shooting death of Jeff Sadler. The 29-year-old lived next door and had been dating her daughter. The shooting happened in February 2008 following a domestic dispute between Sadler and her daughter.

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UPDATE 7/28/11
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A case that is more than three-years-old has still not headed to trial.

Teresa Baker, who is accused of killing her daughter's boyfriend in February 2008, was back in a Cabell County courtroom Thursday morning.

Prosecutor Chris Chiles and Baker's defense attorney Charlie Hatcher have been working to clarify tape recordings from the night of the alleged incident. Both sides have made several attempts to enhance the tapes, and they believe they now have transcripts that will satisfy the court.

Those documents will be turned in to the court and both sides for review.

Baker is set to be back in court next Wednesday for another status hearing.

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UPDATE 3/16/11
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new trial date has been set for Huntington woman charged with killing her daughter’s boyfriend.

Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Alfred Ferguson set June 21 as the new date for Teresa Baker’s murder trial.

Baker is charged in the shooting death of Jeff Sadler. The 29-year-old lived next door and had been dating her daughter. The shooting happened in February 2008 following a domestic dispute between Sadler and her daughter.



UPDATE 8/19/10 @ 11:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Teresa Baker was back in court again Thursday morning.

This is the third time Baker has been arraigned on the charge of murder.

Prosecutors allege that back in February of 2008 Baker shot and killed 29-year-old Jeff Sadler.

Baker is not currently in jail, her bond was held over from the last indictment.

"She has shown up every time your honor," said Prosecuting Attorney Chris Chiles. "I see no problem carrying that over."

Baker is scheduled to be back in court September 20.

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UPDATE 8/12/10 @ 5 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Cabell County Grand Jury has indicted Teresa Baker once again for the murder of Jeff Sadler in February of 2008.

The indictments were unsealed on Thursday at 3 p.m.

This is the third time that Baker has been indicted on this charge. Baker has been in circuit court several times and has even threatened to take her case to the Supreme Court.

The first time, her defense attorney says the prosecutor misspoke and violated the rules. So, Cabell County Circuit Judge Dan O'Hanlon encouraged the prosecutor to represent the case to another grand jury to eliminate any confusion.

Baker is charged in the shooting death of Jeff Sadler. The 29-year-old lived next door and had been dating her daughter. The shooting happened in February 2008 following a domestic dispute between Sadler and her daughter.

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UPDATE 5/14/10 12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman accused of killing her daughter's boyfriend to protect her from abuse is threatening to take her case to the Supreme Court.

Teresa Baker was back in Cabell County Circuit Court Friday morning for another pre-trial hearing.

Baker is accused of shooting Jeffrey Sadler in February 2008 at his Huntington home, after she says police failed to respond to her 911 call about a domestic dispute between Sadler and her daughter.

In the latest courtroom dispute, Baker's attorney, Charlie Hatcher, says Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles gave inappropriate instructions to grand jurors about self defense and how to consider it in this case.

Chiles says he merely read the definition of self-defense and was granted permission by the judge at the time to do so.

Judge Dan O'Hanlon said he will review the transcript to make sure the judge did grant permission. He plans to issue a ruling next week.

Mr. Hatcher says if Judge O'Hanlon rules against him, he will take the matter to the West Virginia Supreme Court in an effort to prohibit the case from going to trial.

That trial is currently scheduled for August 9th.



UPDATE 2/19/10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A technicality continues to hold up a case involving a woman charged in the murder of her daughter's boyfriend.

Teresa Baker has been indicted twice now by a grand jury for murder.
The first time, her defense attorney says the prosecutor misspoke and violated the rules. So, Cabell County Circuit Judge Dan O'Hanlon encouraged the prosecutor to represent the case to another grand jury to eliminate any confusion.

Baker is charged in the shooting death of Jeff Sadler. The 29-year-old lived next door and had been dating her daughter. The shooting happened in February 2008 following a domestic dispute between Sadler and her daughter.

Baker called police when she heard the two fighting, but after they didn't respond she decided to take matters into her own hands -- walking next door and shooting Sadler.

Baker's attorney claims she is not guilty of murder, and this case should be dismissed.



UPDATE 2/14/08
The woman charged with killing her daughter’s boyfriend is back in court this morning for a preliminary hearing. And we’re hearing the 911 tapes from that night for the first time

Police say 51-year old Teresa Lynn Baker shot and killed Jeffery Sadler at his home on Cedar Street in Huntington last week.

Sadler who was 29 lived next door. Baker’s daughter, Alison Grieco was the victim's girlfriend and lived at the house. Grieco told investigators that Baker entered her house and was confronted by Sadler.

Grieco then heard Baker say “what are you doing.” Grieco then said she heard three gunshots and observed the victim collapse on the floor.

The criminal complaint then says that Baker left the house and walked back to her house and called 911 saying she had shot her neighbor.

Before the shooting, police say Baker called 911 to report a disturbance between her and Sadler.

During this morning’s hearing, the 911 tapes from that night were played in court. Baker’s attorney is also questioning Huntington Police Detective Chris Sperry about those calls and the about the police response time.

Magistrate Mike Woelfel found probable cause in the hearing Wednesday afternoon. The case will now be bound over to a grand jury.

Three children were in the house when the shooting happened. They were taken into police custody.

Apparently, the domestic disturbance that night wasn't the first for this family. According to police records, Grieco filed domestic battery charges against Sadler last year.

According to court records, Sadler didn't appear in court for battery charges.

Back in June, Grieco stated she was missing some money, when she confronted Sadler, he became irate and struck her in the face 4 times and said next time he would rob her blind and then fled the scene.

Three children were in the house when the shooting happened. They were taken into police custody.

Baker is being held without bond in the Western Regional Jail until she goes before a grand jury.

Family members of Baker and Sadler were in court Wednesday morning, declined comment.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/5/08
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman is under arrest, charged with murder following a shooting in Huntington Monday night.

51-year Teresa Lynn Baker is being held without bond in the Western Regional Jail.

The shooting happened around 9pm at 156 Cedar Street. Police say this is the home of the victim. He is 29-year old Jeffery D. Sadler. Baker lived next door at 158 Cedar Street.

Baker’s daughter, Alison Grieco was the victim's girlfriend and lived at the house. Grieco told investigators that Baker entered her house and was confronted by Sadler.

Grieco then heard Baker say “what are you doing.” Grieco then said she heard three gunshots and observed the victim collapse on the floor.

The criminal complaint then says that Baker left the house and walked back to her house and called 911 saying she had shot her neighbor.
Before the shooting, police say Baker called 911 to report a disturbance between her and Sadler.

Three children were in the house when the shooting happened. They were taken into police custody.

Baker's next court appearance is February 13.

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