Smyrna murder case plea moved to next week


DOVER — A scheduled murder case plea was moved to next week in the wake of Wednesday’s standoff at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Jamie L. Baker, 47, of Smyrna, was slated to appear in Kent County Superior Court on Thursday regarding a first-degree murder charge connected to her husband’s death on June 3, 2013, but the session was moved to 9 a.m. on Monday.

All maximum security prisons were placed on lockdown on Wednesday morning as authorities responded to a hostage situation that involved the death of a Delaware Department of Correction sergeant.

Mrs. Baker, held at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, was arrested in 2013 after an autopsy determined that her husband James D. Baker Jr., 42, had been poisoned by a chemical compound found in anti-freeze, according to the Delaware State Police at the time.

Jamie L. Baker

Authorities said investigation found that Mrs. Baker had allegedly used a hypodermic needle to inject Ethylene Glycol into a bottles of steroids her spouse had purchased. The autopsy found the substance in the late man’s kidneys.

Ms. Baker is also charged with adulteration. She was arrested on March 13, 2014 and indicted on Aug. 4, 2014.

Deputy Attorneys General Jason Cohee and Nicole Hartman are prosecuting the case, with attorneys Suzanne MacPherson-Johnson and J’aime Walker representing the defendant.

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