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Judge certifies first-degree murder charge

On February 26, a first-degree murder charge and three other related charges against Travis Al Baker of Water View were certified to the Middlesex Grand Jury by Middlesex Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Cressondra B. Conyers.  

Baker is also charged with feloniously discharging a firearm in an occupied building, and two counts of felony child endangerment.

During questioning by Middlesex Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael T. Hurd, Sergeant Eric Epperly testified during last week’s hearing that on September 8, 2013 Baker had come to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and was “extremely distraught.” Baker, 34, told Sgt. Epperly that he had “shot his girlfriend,” Wendy Billups, 33, in her home on Urbanna Road, about a half mile from Cooks Corner.

Detective C.B. Sibley testified that the certificate of analysis from the state laboratory stated that Baker had gunshot primer residue on his hands, indicating that he had fired a gun.

Det. Sibley also stated that tests of recovered bullets indicate they were fired from Baker’s .380 Taurus semi-automatic handgun, which had been turned over to police by Baker’s mother shortly after the shooting when she and Baker went to the sheriff’s office.

Rebecca Bass of the Middlesex Department of Social Services testified that clothing a 3-year-old boy was wearing the day of the shooting had red stains on the front. 

Underwear from a 5-year-old child, who was at the shooting scene, did not have red stains on them, said Bass.

Baker remains in jail. He is being represented by court-appointed attorney Brian Decker of Gloucester. 

posted 03.05.2014

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