PRESS RELEASE FROM CHEROKEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:
On August 27, 2011 William Earl Baker of Bullard was found shot to death in the Shadybrook Subdivision on FM-346 in north-west Cherokee County.
Initial information on the murder was limited, and Cherokee County Detectives followed every lead that was available to them at the time, and those that developed in the months that followed.
In June of 2011 Detectives were made aware of some individuals that possibly had specific information and details that were not released to the public. Detectives began tracking down those leads and the information was found to be consistent with the evidence found at the scene. Detectives learned that the suspect was already serving prison time in TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) on an unrelated felony conviction from another county.
Prior to bringing the suspect back to Cherokee County for an interview, Detectives were able to use the specific information obtained from the sources and corroborate some information found through a forensic examination of the victims home computer. Cherokee County Detectives also executed an evidentiary search warrant at a residence of the suspects family and located what is believed to be the weapon used in the murder.
On June 28, 2011 Sheriff James Campbell sent two Deputies to the prison unit where the suspect was being held, and he was transported back to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department where he was interviewed by Lt. Gina Battley and Det. Brad George. Once confronted with the evidence obtained during the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to the murder of William Earl Baker. The suspect was later transferred back into TDCJ custody pending the indictment and subsequent issuance of the murder warrant.
The suspect was indicted during the July Grand Jury session and an arrest warrant was issued in August. The suspect is expected to be transported back to Cherokee County in September to face the murder charge, at which time his identity will be released.