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April 19, 2013

Trial continues in deadly robbery

Prosecution set to finish up in Baker case today



In the first two days of the prosecution’s case, Harmeyer, who has shared a table with Jeffersonville Police Detective Todd Hollis throughout the trial, has called a small cast of Jeffersonville police investigators to testify, along with James Lawson, the father of two of Baker’s children.

Lawson told police during their investigation in the days after the murder that Baker had said she and Mayes were planning to rob Redd of cash and drugs.

Lawson lives at 213 Kopp Ave., a home he shares with Baker, her child and her parents. Mayes also lived in the home on an off-and-on basis.

Jacobs said Baker had no intent to rob Redd, but that Mayes had overheard Baker talking to Redd on the phone, learned of their plan to meet for a drug transaction and saw an opportunity to rob Redd.

“Joe Mayes overheard something, and he acted on that,” Jacobs said. “He is an opportunist.”

During her presentation to the jury Thursday, Harmeyer showed a video of Baker being interviewed by Jeffersonville police detectives, including Hollis, after a search warrant was executed at the home and she was taken into custody.

The video shows two Baker interviews,  both conducted on the same day.

During the first interview, Baker denied knowledge of the crime and told the investigators she had never left the home during the night of Redd’s death.

She said Redd was a friend who would supply her pills for money and, at times, for sexual favors.

“We got our little thing,” she said. “We do.”

The second interview began with Baker sobbing, saying she feared for her life.

“Keep me safe,” she pleaded to the questioning Hollis.

Baker then proceeded to provide Hollis her account of what transpired the night of the murder. 

She said Redd had come to the house, she had gotten in the his pick up truck and the two drove to an alley around the home and began their sexual activity, something that was not out of the ordinary.

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