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April 18, 2013

Woman on trial following Jeffersonville murder

Charges stem from robbery that turned deadly

JEFFERSONVILLE —  A woman believed to be involved in a 2011 robbery that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Jeffersonville man is on trial in a Clark County court.

Katrina Kay Baker, 27, of 213 Kopp Ave. in Jeffersonville, has been charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both class A felonies.

Baker faces a maximum of 100 years in prison if found guilty of both charges.

Jury selection began Tuesday in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 with Judge Daniel Moore presiding.

Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Harmeyer called three witnesses to testify before the end of the trial’s first day.

Her witnesses were two Jeffersonville police officers and a Jefferson County medical examiner.

Baker is being represented by public defender Thomas Bird, of New Albany, and co-counsel Bradley Jacobs, of Jeffersonville.

The trial was suspended Wednesday because of a conflict of scheduling and was set to continue this morning.

Baker is believed by police to have been in a pickup truck with Anthony Redd about 11 p.m., Oct. 21, 2011, when he was gunned down.

Police reported Baker had been providing Redd oral sex, moments before her uncle Joseph Mayes approached the vehicle’s driver’s-side window and shot Redd four times in the head and face.

Mayes was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in November 2012. He was given a sentence of 30 years in prison followed by a 20-year probation term.

According to the probable cause affidavit, police believe Baker and Mayes had conspired to rob Redd before he was killed.

THE INVESTIGATION

During their investigation, Jeffersonville police detectives spoke with a friend of Redd on Oct. 23, two days after Redd’s murder.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the man told police that he had been with Redd around 10:30 p.m. the day he was killed. The man said Redd had been on the phone, and he could hear what sounded like a woman’s voice coming from the phone during the conversation.

At this time, Redd had told the man he was on his way to pick up Percocets, a medically prescribed controlled substance. The man also told police that he was aware Redd illegally sold prescription medication.

“[The witness] further explained that he had been with Redd on a previous occasion when he delivered pills to a female he identified as Katrina,” according to the probable cause affidavit. “He said Redd had bragged to him that he sold pills to her and she would also trade sexual favors for pills.”

The witness gave police a physical description of Baker and said that she lived a short distance from where Redd’s body was found.

Investigators reported that police records showed Baker lived at a home along Kopp Avenue. The witness was also shown a photo of Baker, which he positively identified as the woman Redd had sold pills to.

Detectives continued their investigation and obtained the records of the phone that had been in Redd’s possession. They reported finding  six phone calls made to or from his phone after 10 p.m., the night of his death. Four of the calls were listed as a land line at Baker’s residence, the last two calls made between 11:02 and 11:08 p.m.

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