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Elisa Baker – “I pled guilty, but I’m not guilty”


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A month after pleading guilty to murdering and dismembering young Zahra Baker, Elisa Baker is changing her tune.

During a 30 minute interview at the Mecklenburg County Jail, Baker claims she really wasn’t guilty and only pled because her lawyer told her she couldn’t get a fair trial and it was in her best interest to accept the plea deal.

Scott Reilly who represented Baker said the evidence against her was just too strong. He cited her inconsistent statements to investigators, her admission that Adam Baker wasn’t around when Zahra died, blood splatter on the bedroom ceiling, and cellphone records that placed her where the remains were discarded.

Baker gave the interview saying she wanted to tell ‘her side’ of the story.  During the interview, Baker claimed Zahra always called her ‘mom’ and called Zahra  the ‘light of my eyes.’  Baker portrayed herself as a loving stepmother.

Baker cried at times during the interview, made fun of investigators and berated her husband, Adam Baker, accusing him dismembering and hiding Zahra’s body.  She provided a fantastical story of all the things Adam Baker said and did.  She described herself as an unwilling participant, doing only as Adam instructed.

“I pled guilty, but I’m not guilty, I’m going to be an old woman when I get out.”

Apparently, Elisa has forgotten those pesky federal drug charges she is facing.  The federal case has been postponed till January 9, but if convicted of all charges, she faces up to 115 years behind bars.

Hey Elisa, what comes after being an old woman????

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  1. 10/24/2011 at 7:18 am

    I knew this evil woman would change her mind and point the fingers at everyone but herself. I don’t believe Adam is all that Innocent. He couldn’t remember when he last saw Zahra. Something is just not right about this entire situation. Does Lisa think she’s a young woman now? Geesh is that all she’s worries about? Unbelievable!!

  2. donchais
    10/24/2011 at 7:37 am

    She’s just crazy!

  3. kas
    10/24/2011 at 1:22 pm

    Countless family members and friends have given (to little to late) eye witness accounts of how sadistically cruel this woman was to Zahra. So naturally she thinks giving a “Gilmore Girls” version of events is going to wash.

  4. donchais
    10/24/2011 at 2:00 pm

    Her selective memory seems to be revisionist!

  5. ritanita
    10/25/2011 at 6:31 am

    Right on, Donchais! She can proclaim her innocence to the world, but nobody believes a word she says. I’m just waiting for those federal drug charges to put her behind bars until she is an EXTREMELY old lady!

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