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April 19, 2013

Baker found guilty in Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE —  A woman charged in a 2011 robbery that turned fatal was found guilty of two class A felonies in a Clark County court Friday.

Katrina Baker, 27, of Jeffersonville, had been charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Her convictions have a combined advisory sentence of 60 years in prison, with a maximum of 100 years.

For her involvement in the robbery, Baker received $60 and 18 prescription pills.

The charges stem from an incident that took place near her 213 Kopp Ave. home the night of Oct. 21. and resulted in the murder of Anthony Redd, a man known to deal prescription pills to Baker who would provide payment, at times, through sexual favors.

Baker had been providing oral sex to Anthony Redd in his parked pickup truck about 11 p.m., when her uncle Joseph Mayes approached the vehicle and fatally shot the man through a slit in driver’s-side window.

Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Harmeyer, in her first major felony trial, successfully argued to the jurors during the trial, which began Monday, April 15, that Baker had conspired with Mayes to rob Redd.

Mayes was convicted of the crime in November 2012.

He was provided a plea deal that modified his murder charge to voluntary manslaughter. The charge specified that Mayes acted out of sudden heat when he saw his niece in the sexual act with Redd.

Baker was also offered a blind plea, which she denied, that would have involved her accepting a B felony conviction.

Harmeyer said after the hearing that she was pleased to have provided justice to the Redd family.

“It feels good to give justice to the victims in this case,” Harmeyer said. “It is something our office wants to do. It is something our office should do. We got a good result today.”

One of the few faces that appeared in the gallery area of the courtroom belonged to Redd’s 25-year-old daughter, Laken Brown, of New Albany.

“I wanted to see him get justice and my family get justice,” Brown tearfully said. “This whole process has taken a toll on his mother, and it feels like we lost two people at once.”

She said it was important that she attend each day of the trial, as well as the hearings of the Mayes case last year.

“It was messed up the way he died, so I just want to see the whole thing through,” she said. “It feels very good that the court found both of them guilty of these things and that we finally got the truth to the whole situation.”

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

Jacobs said the jurors had made a request during their deliberation, which he thinks may have led to a guilty verdict.

“They wanted to see the deposition of Joseph Mayes, the only thing in the deposition of Mayes is that there was no plan [to rob Redd],” he said. “So, I want to find out why they wanted to see that and what they used it for. I have to say that I am surprised.”

He said he will tell Baker to remain positive between now and the  plea sentencing hearing.

“Stay optimistic,” he said of the advice he will provide to her. “There is still a sentencing. There is still an appeal. We still have a handful of options that can get her out before, forever. We will just try to get her to keep her head up and stay optimistic.”

Baker is scheduled to return to court for her sentencing hearing at 9:30 a.m. on May 30.


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