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Former Waco Pastor Matt Baker Transferred To State Prison System

Matt Baker (file photo)

Matt Baker (file photo)

WACO (April 23, 2010)--Matt Baker, 38, the former Baptist pastor who was sentenced to 65 years in prison earlier this year for the 2006 murder of his wife Kari Lynn, has been transferred from the McLennan County Jail in Waco to a state prison facility where he will be processed, examined and tested to determine to which state prison he will be assigned.

The jail Friday evening confirmed his transfer.

Earlier this week, State District Judge Ralph Strother instructed an attorney to file a motion to move the child custody dispute between the parents of Baker’s slain wife and Baker’s parents from Waco to Kerrville, which cleared the way for Baker’s transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal

Kari Lynn Baker’s parents, Jim and Linda Dulin of Waco, are seeking custody of the two girls, Grace and Kensi, who are living with Baker’s parents in Kerrville.

Baker was convicted of murder in the April 2006 death of his wife, whom prosecutors said he drugged, handcuffed to a bed under the guise of amorous play, and then suffocated with a pillow.

Then, they said, he attempted to make her death look like a suicide.

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