UPDATE: New Albany police charge man in killing of coach's wife

By DJournal.com

New Albany Police held a press conference on the Price shooting investigation today. The shootings took place Dec. 5 and led to the death of Amanda Price. Her husband New Albany football coach Ron Price was also shot and was later treated and released from a hospital.

UPDATE 2:24 p.m. – From The Associated Press …

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) — Police have charged a New Albany man with capital murder in the shooting death of the wife of the town’s high school football coach.

New Albany Police Chief David Grisham says 20-year-old Craig Obrien Baker was charged Monday and is being held without bond in the Union County jail.

Police accuse Baker of shooting 31-year-old Amanda Price. She was killed Dec. 5 when she took her dog into her family’s backyard.

Baker is also charged with aggravated assault in the injury of Coach Ron Price, who was shot while responding to his wife’s screams.

Police have questioned Baker, but Grisham declined to say whether he admitted the shootings. A judge has appointed lawyers for Baker, and the case is expected to be presented to grand jurors early next year. Union County Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth ordered Baker held without bond.

Grisham says police were tipped to Baker’s alleged involvement. When police searched Baker’s mobile home, within walking distance of the Price home, Grisham says they found a .380-caliber handgun, the same size used in the shootings.


UPDATE: 1:20 p.m – Bond was set at one million, but was later denied by another judge. Baker remains in jail.


UPDATE: 1:19 p.m. – Suspect entered Price home at some point. One shell casing was found in the home and another outside the home.

Baker’s address is 1100 E. Bankhead Trailer 45


UPDATE: 1 p.m.: The shooting was a home invasion, according to officials.

Craig Obrien Baker, 20, arrested in connection with the Price shooting. He was a lone gunman according to officials.

He has been charged with one count of capital murder, one aggravated assault and two counts of auto burglary.

Two guns have been recovered.

Baker did not know the Prices personally. He was just looking for something else to steal, officials said. Authorities said Baker has a long criminal history.

Authorities say they will seek the death penalty.

More from the press conference and this developing story here today.

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