Man indicted in death of girlfriend
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The Upshur County Grand Jury on Thursday indicted a Gilmer man on one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Feb. 6 stabbings of three persons, said District Attorney Billy Byrd’s office.

Eddie Douglas Baker, 26, is charged with killing 45-year-old Tana Fuller Warren of Gilmer, and stabbing two Hughes Springs residents—Matthew Weems, now 18, and Melissa Cahill, 28.

Weems and Ms. Cahill recovered after being hospitalized at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Byrd said.

Baker remained in the Upshur County Jail under bonds of $850,000 on the murder charge, $250,000 each on the two aggravated assault charges. (The two counts of aggravated assault were included in a single indictment.)

Baker admitted in a videotaped statement to fatally stabbing Ms. Warren and putting her in the back of his mobile camper at 7248 Ginger Road northeast of Gilmer, said information released in February by the offices of Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter and Byrd.

The state alleges Baker killed Ms. Warren, who he had been dating, before the other stabbings, Byrd said Friday. When Baker later attacked Weems, then 17 years old, outside the camper, Ms. Cahill heard the disturbance, came outside, and was also stabbed, the prosecutor alleged.

No trial date has been set nor an arraignment held for Baker, represented by Longview attorney Charles Van Cleef, the prosecutor said.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call about 5:41 p.m. Feb. 6, and deputies learned two persons had been stabbed, Sheriff Anthony Betterton said in a prepared statement released Feb. 7. The deputies also learned the suspect had poured gasoline on a travel trailer and threatened to set it afire, Betterton said.

“Upon deputies’ arrival, two victims were located who were both transported to an area hospital,” and officers also “located the suspect, who fled on foot,” Betterton said.

The suspect, whose name was not mentioned in the sheriff’s news release, was subsequently found and arrested on the two assault charges, Betterton said.

“It was later reported to the Sheriff’s Office that a woman who lives with the suspect was missing and (had) not been heard from or seen since Tuesday (Feb. 5),” the sheriff said. Deputies took a missing person report from a relative, before returning to the missing woman’s home to try to locate her, he said.

“Upon their arrival deputies found evidence that led (them) . . . to believe the woman may possibly be injured inside the residence,” Betterton said. They found her dead inside, he said.

Potter said he pronounced Ms. Warren dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy be performed at Forensic Medical of Texas-Tyler.

Affidavits dated Feb. 6 quoted Deputy Manfred Gilow, one of the officers dispatched to the scene, as saying the disturbance call was that Baker had poured gasoline onto the unidentified reporting party’s trailer “and was about to set it on fire.”

“While en route to the location, we were advised that a stabbing had also taken place with Baker as the actor,” Gilow said in the document. “Upon my arrival, I observed two involved parties/victims running up Ginger Rd. screaming ‘Eddie is still at the house.’”

Gilow said two units went to check on the actor at the location while he tried to render aid to the victims. Shortly after deputies arrived at the stabbing scene, Baker ran from them, but was later apprehended, Gilow said.

The victims meantime said Baker purposely stabbed them, “causing severe laceration and puncture wounds on both victims,” and that they were attacked without “warning after a small argument,” Gilow reported.

In another affidavit, Sheriff’s Investigator Chris McCauley said that during an active investigation Feb. 7, he interviewed Baker regarding the discovery of the body of Ms. Warren, “who had been reported as a missing person.”

Baker “confessed in his video statement that he had killed Warren by stabbing her and placed her in the back of his residence. Due to this information, Baker was charged with murder,” McCauley said.

Judge Potter said he believed Gilow arrested the suspect at Baker’s home Feb. 6.
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glenda g.
May 12, 2013
u took my little sister from me she was only 8 when we lost our daddy she did not remember him alot but she had 3 babies of her on and worked like a man to try to take care of them and i dont know what gave u the right to take her from her kids and us we all do bad some times but to take a life i just dont know what to think about that ur toke a very speicl person for us (WHY) we r not to jugde do u know how hard that is for me to say it had had a doul on me bad my on babys had to get me in my on state of mined they said it took them about 2 1/2 mounths to under stand what u did and i still dont understand it only GOD can judge u but for what u did im still trying to keep going and remember all my family done for urs when u needed us and for u to call me aunt glenda keep that out of ur mouth if i could judge u i would but GOD has my back and my familys back GOD BLESS US and for the ones that hurt my sister and her kids that goes for yaw to and u know how im talking about love my sister babys like they were mined i know sometimes they dont believe that but God does AMEN

December 22, 2013
Eddie u r a evil perrson, what u did was wrong, and i know n heard about everything. Stacy n red may God bless you. I know there is more people involvex in this, may justice be served to all who had a part in this, and trying to kill jerry, and stabbed my Sis n cousin, funny how the justice so screws up to not see this was planned. Im very hurt over this... i pray for tanas famoly,
Linda Swanner
May 04, 2013
Tana was my baby sister and eddie douglas baker deserves to die as she did he is just plain EVIL..MAY HE ROTT IN HELL!!!worker,
linda swanner
May 04, 2013
eddie douglas baker u are a very evil peroon and u took a beautiful sister from me..i have no pity for you GOD WILL DEAL WITH YOU..YOU DONT DERSERVE TO LIVE!!!