500,000 reasons why murder suspect will be in court Friday

By Bobbie Poynter

Patrick Baker is due back into court at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.. The question that is certainly on everyone’s mind is, “Will he show?” The Baker family has 500,000 reasons why he should be there.

Baker walked out of jail on Nov. 12 after his family put up a $500,000 cash bond to secure his release.

In the event that Baker does not show up for court, his judge could say he violated his bond and take the cash. When the Bakers posted the bond on Nov. 12, it may have become the largest one ever posted in Knox County history. Ironically, the bond that Baker posted June 13 of this year could even be the second largest bond amount held by the county.

Baker is expected to join his co-defendants, Christopher Wagner, Angela Mills, Elijah Meser and Stephanie Smith for a pre-trial conference in the death of Donald Mills, 29, of Scalf.

According to the indictment, Patrick Baker and Christopher Wagner pretended to be U.S. Marshals to get into Mills’ house to rob him.