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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

MEDIA ADVISORY

Stanley Allison Baker, Jr. Scheduled to be Executed

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Stanley Allison Baker, Jr., who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2002.

On July 26, 1995, Stanley Allison Baker, Jr. was sentenced to death for the capital murder of Wayne Walters during a robbery, which occurred in Brazos County, Texas, on Sept. 28, 1994. A summary of the evidence presented at trial follows.

FACTS OF THE CRIME

On Sept. 28, 1994, Stanley Allison Baker, Jr., killed Wayne Walters during the course of a robbery in which he obtained $40 to $50 and Walters' car. Walters was the clerk in the adult video store that Baker robbed. Baker took Walters' car keys without resistance and then shot him three times with a shotgun; the third shot to the back of the head was fired as Walters lay face down on the floor.

During the robbery, Baker split his lip and broke a tooth when the shotgun recoiled and hit him in the face. He left blood, a tooth fragment, footprints and other physical evidence at the crime scene. Baker fled the scene in Walters' pickup truck, returned home and loaded the stolen vehicle with his belongings.

When police took Baker into custody, he was driving Walters' truck. Inside the truck police found the murder weapon, ammunition, a brass knuckled stiletto, a bulletproof vest, a garrote, and a variety of survival gear. Police also found a notebook in which Baker had penned his goals for the year. Baker's goals included "30+ victims dead. 30+ armed robberies. Steal a lot of cars." Following his arrest, Baker told DPS troopers that he went to the video store with intent to rob it and kill anyone inside.

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

Oct. 27, 1994 - Stanley Allison Baker, Jr., was indicted in the 85th Judicial District Court of Brazos County, Texas, for the capital offense of the intentional murder of Wayne Walters while in the course of committing and attempting to commit robbery.

July 21, 1995 - The case against Baker was heard by a jury, which found him guilty of capital murder.

July 26, 1995 - Following a separate punishment hearing, the jury answered special issue number one affirmatively and special issue number two negatively. In accordance with Texas law, the trial court sentenced Baker to death.

May 21, 1997 - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Baker's conviction and sentence on direct appeal.

Sept. 10, 1997 - The Court of Criminal Appeals denied the motion for rehearing.

April 1, 1998 - Baker filed an application for state writ of habeas corpus.

Aug. 14, 1998 - The trial court conducted a hearing on the application.

Sept. 29, 1998 - The trial court entered findings of fact and conclusions of law recommending that relief be denied.

Jan. 27, 1999 - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied state habeas relief based on its review of the record and the trial court's findings of fact and conclusions of law.

March 17, 1999 - Baker filed an application for a federal writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

Aug. 18, 1999 - Baker amended his federal writ application.

March 13, 2000 - The district court granted the Director's motion for summary judgment. April12, 2000 - Baker filed a request for a certificate of appealability and his notice of appeal.

April 27, 2000 - The district court denied Baker's request for COA.

June 18, 2001 - Baker filed a request for a certificate of appealability in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Oct. 19, 2001 - The Fifth Circuit denied COA.

Jan. 22, 2002 - Baker filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court.

March 25, 2002 - The Court denied certiorari.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

At the time of the offense, Baker had no reported prior criminal arrests or convictions. However, the jury was reminded that amongst Baker's belongings police found numerous weapons and documentary evidence detailing his animosity toward gays, blacks, President Bill Clinton, etc., together with his plans to go on a murder spree akin to notorious serial killers Charles Whitman, Steve Judy, Richard Speck, Juan Gonzales, Wayne Nance, Michael Wayne Johnson, Teofilo Filo Medina, Patrick Sherrill, Jerry McFadden, etc. The jury was also provided with evidence that Baker had been observed on several prior occasions carrying knives and rope and that he had expressed his intent to use them on his enemies.

MISCELLANEOUS

For additional information and statistics, please log on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website, www.tdcj.state.tx.us.

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