Matt Baker (File)
WACO (June 9, 2011)—Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals has affirmed the conviction of former Waco pastor Matt Baker, who was sentenced to 65 years in prison in 2010 for the 2006 murder of his wife Kari Lynn, 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.
Baker’s appeal raised claims of ineffective counsel, insufficient evidence and trial court bias, but the appeals court, in a ruling issued Wednesday, said it found no reversible error.
Justices rejected his claim of ineffective counsel and his claim of insufficient evidence, saying the evidence was “sufficient for a reasonable juror to have found Baker guilty of murder beyond a reasonable doubt.”