Baker pleads not guilty in Price killing

By Lynn West/New Albany News-Exchange

NEW ALBANY – The man accused of killing Amanda Price and shooting her husband, Coach Ron Price, on Dec. 5 pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday.
Craig O. Baker, 20, whose address was listed as 1100 East Bankhead St., Trailer 45, New Albany, at the time of his arrest, heard formal charges against him before Circuit Court Judge John Gregory after Baker’s indictment by a Union County Grand Jury in May.
The indictment includes six counts, as read by Assistant District Attorney Kelly Luther – capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of burglary of an auto and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He is charged with capital murder, which is murder during the commission of another felony.
Baker also is charged as a habitual offender due to two burglary convictions in the March 2010 term of circuit court in Union County. If convicted on the murder charge, he will face a mandatory sentence of life without possibility of parole, even if the death penalty is not assessed.
Baker was not granted bail due to the capital charge, but he remains in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a parole violation after serving one year, three months and 13 days on 10-year burglary sentences.
A trial date was not set, but Judge Gregory ordered a hold placed to return Baker to the custody of the Union County Sheriff for trial, should he come up for release from state prison.
lynn.west@journalinc.com