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April 19, 2013

Trial continues in deadly robbery

Prosecution set to finish up in Baker case today

JEFFERSONVILLE —

A 25-year-old Jeffersonville mother of three was performing a sexual act on her drug dealer in a parked pick up truck in Oct. 2011 when her uncle approached the vehicle and murdered the man who was known to deal in prescription pills.

Katrina Baker has spent the last 18 months in jail awaiting trial. She is facing two A felony robbery charges and possibly a long prison sentence.

Her case is currently being tried in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1.

Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Harmeyer is nearing the end of her case, and has claimed to a jury of six men and six women that Baker conspired with her uncle Joseph Mayes to rob Anthony Redd the night of Oct. 21 near her home.

Mayes accepted a plea deal in the same court in Nov. 2012. The plea modified his murder charge to voluntary manslaughter.

Harmeyer said Baker received $60 and 18 prescription pills for her role in the alleged conspiracy and robbery.

Baker is represented by court appointed attorney Thomas Bird, of New Albany, and co-counsel Bradley Jacobs, of Jeffersonville.

After Thursday’s proceedings, Jacobs said there is a contradiction in convicting one suspect of voluntary manslaughter — a charge that specified Mayes acted out of sudden heat at the sight of seeing his niece in the act of performing oral sex — and charging Baker with conspiracy to commit a robbery. 

“[The prosecution] can’t argue on one hand that Joe Mayes did it in a split-second decision, but Katrina Baker had the plan part of it,” Jacobs said. “It doesn’t work.”

The defense will present its case after the prosecution, which was expected early today.

Jacobs said he does not anticipate that Baker will take the witness stand in her own defense.

“I would rarely let a client testify unless it absolutely has to be done,” Jacobs said. “And I don’t think in this case she has to say a word.”

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