Clint Baker Pleads Guilty in 2007 OK Murder of Trucker, Sentenced to Life

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August 03, 2008, 04:32:30 PM Last Edit: September 22, 2008, 04:58:16 PM by Jeff1857
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Prosecutors in Oklahoma will seek the death penalty for a Texas man accused of fatally stabbing a trucker.

Clint Edward Baker of Crockett, Texas, faces trial next month for the killing of Todd Eugene Rich of Thousand Oaks, California.

Rich's body was found March 17th, 2007, on a road near Bugtussle, Oklahoma.

Defense attorneys sought to dismiss the bill of particulars, which would allow death to be included as a punishment if Baker is convicted of first-degree murder.

A judge in McAlester, Oklahoma, enied that motion, along with one seeking to exclude testimony from jail informants.

Authorities say Rich was beaten and his throat was slashed.

Baker was arrested two weeks later in Wyoming.


Associated Press - September 21, 2008 7:25 PM ET

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A Texas man has pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge and received a life prison sentence.

Prosecutors had intended to seek the death penalty against 33-year-old Clint Edward Baker of Crockett, Texas. Baker was charged with stabbing fellow truck driver Todd Rich of California to death in March 2007.

The battered, bloody body of the 42-year-old Rich was found on a road near Bugtussle.

Baker entered the no contest plea on Thursday.

Pittsburg County Associate District Judge James Bland then sentenced Baker to life in prison with the possibility of parole, according to the terms of an agreement reached between Baker and District Attorney Jim Bob Miller's office.

Information from: McAlester News-Capital,

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