2009-12-17 / Police Reports

Pa. Man To Trial For Slaying After Son’s Testimony

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he strangled his estranged wife, and enlisted his 12-year-old son with helping him cover up the crime.

The boy testified for about 90 minutes Thursday before a district judge ordered 37-yearold Scott Baker, of Nemacolin, to stand trial on homicide and other charges in the Nov. 20 death of his wife, Melissa.

Baker remains in the Greene County Jail where his wife worked as a guard.

The boy says he heard his father strangle his stepmother in a bathroom before the father ransacked a jewelry case to make it appear she had been killed during a robbery.

The boy testified his father wanted him there as an alibi “so he could say we were together the whole day.’’

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