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Elisa Baker Court Appearances Postponed


Defense attorney Scott Reilly appeared in court yesterday on behalf of Elisa Baker.

Baker’s obstuction of justice hearing has now been moved to April 4, the same day she is to appear on the second degree murder charge for the killing of her stepdaughter, Zahra.

Baker faces five aggravating factors in Zahra’s murder.  She also had a history of abusing Zahra verbally, physically and mentally.

The murder indictment can be found here.

Defense Attorney Scott Reilly expects to obtain copies from the state of all the investigative files, DVDs, and interviews pertaining to the case, today.

Reilly says there were more than 11,000 pages of reports from Hickory police, 117 DVDs of interviews and 65 DVDs with photos and phone records.  There is also additional materials from other agencies involved in the case.  All of the material totals more than 20,000 pages and needs to be transcribed.  Reilly said it will take months to sort through.

Adam Baker has not been charged in his daughter’s death.  District Attorney James C. Gaither said there was “no credible evidence” to charge anyone other than Elisa Baker.

Baker is also expected to appear in court in June on bigamy charges.




  1. 03/09/2011 at 9:24 am

    How can a father live in that home and NOT see “She also had a history of abusing Zahra verbally, physically and mentally?” Adam didn’t even remember the LAST TIME he saw his daughter. Sorry, I hold him equally responsible. I don’t and can’t believe he is innocent in Zahra’s horrible murder and dismemberment. Zahra will always be my hero! She was an incredible little girl who overcame a very ugly disease!!, the sad part she didn’t overcome the UGLY Stepmother!

  2. donchais
    03/09/2011 at 11:01 am

    I agree that Adam shares guilt here!

  3. kas
    03/09/2011 at 12:39 pm

    The Adam Baker angle just floors me. You have “no credible evidence” that he participated in his daughters’ death? Ok, how about Accessory After The Fact or even Child Endangerment? He lied about her whereabouts, the amount of time she’d been missing, etc…. They both lied to Cops during an active investigation.

    It’s just absurd.

  4. donchais
    03/09/2011 at 1:03 pm

    I don’t understand at all kas!

  5. Swift Justice
    03/10/2011 at 7:57 am

    The world is sickened by the horrendous death of this innocent child Zahra.

    Just thinking about the torture she endured for so long at the hands of this EVIL monster stepmother…..turns my stomach.
    The authorities found so much info on her past….from her own family…not to mention her numerous husbands she managed to land (some illegally) that they are
    overlooking Adam’s part in this…..OR are they keeping what they have on him close to the vest….only to pounce on him at a later date?

    IMO he is as guilty of Zahra’s death as the Evil SM.

    Why has she not told where to find Zahra’s skull? WHY? Would the skull show
    that she endured a fracture which rendered her unconscious so THEY could dismember her?

    MY Lord….what monsters would even think of dismembering a child?
    How can Adam sleep at night……just thinking about what his child went through?
    He has to know more……..I just don’t like his sly smirky smile when he was asked questions by the media. IMO behind his eyes….knows exactly what went on in that HOUSE OF HORRORS.

  6. donchais
    03/10/2011 at 8:07 am

    Swift Justice, I can only hope they are giving Adam enough rope to hang himself, but I just don’t know.

    The great majority of Zahra’s body has not been recovered…I cringe at what I think may be the reason and just hope my imagination is overactive.

  7. ritanita
    03/10/2011 at 7:49 pm

    Every day I hope that more of Zahra is found and a cause of death can be determined. I wonder if LE is doing quiet searches. They have the cell pings to work off of at the least.

    As for Adam, I can’t fathom he didn’t know something was wrong. If he didn’t, he’s the less intelligent brother of the village idiot.

  8. 03/10/2011 at 9:03 pm

    Right now I’m just thankful this evil woman has been charged! I shudder to even think of the unimaginable things that were done to this precious child, just the things we KNOW of are unforgivable. If “Daddy” was involved and doesn’t face charges he will some day fight himself burning in hell.
    Thanks for keeping us up to speed on this case Donchais.

  9. 03/10/2011 at 9:06 pm

    “find himself burning in Hell” not fight ◔̯◔…

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