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Baker chronology

Sun staff


June 6: A gunman shoots Jane FrancesTyson, 49, as she sits in her car with her twograndchildren in the parking lot ofCatonsville's Westview Mall. He grabs herpurse, which contains $10.

Oct. 24: A jury convicts the accusedgetaway driver, Gregory Lawrence, 34,of Woodlawn, of first-degree murder, armedrobbery and a handgun violation. He is latersentenced to life in prison plus 33 years.


Oct. 26: A Harford County jury convictsWesley Eugene Baker, 33, of Waverly ofpremeditated and deliberate murder and firstdegreefelony murder. The case had beenmoved to Harford County at Baker's request.

Oct. 30: Baker is sentenced to death andtwo consecutive 20-year sentences.


May 2: The U.S. Supreme Court turns downan appeal by Baker that contended twoadditional witnesses should have been called.


Apr. 29: The U.S. Supreme Court refusesto hear an appeal by Baker that his trial lawyerswere ineffective .


Dec. 13: The Maryland Court of Appealsupholds the state's death penalty law.


March 19: Baker is scheduled to beexecuted the week of May 13.

May 9: Gov. Parris N. Glendening imposesa moratorium on the death penalty, haltingBaker's execution, while a state-orderedUniversity of Maryland study of capitalpunishment is conducted. The study willconclude that there are racial and geographicdisparities in the application of the deathpenalty in the state.


Oct. 3: The Maryland Court of Appealsturns down Baker's request to overturn hisdeath sentence based on the University ofMaryland study. His lawyers say theyapparently used the wrong legal procedureand will refile their appeal.

Nov. 3: Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., havingeffectively lifted Glendening's moratorium,signs a death warrant scheduling Baker'sexecution for the week of Dec. 5.

Nov. 23: The Maryland Court of Appealsdenies Baker's request for a stay and a newsentencing hearing based on the Universityof Maryland study.

Nov. 28: Making his first visit to death row,Cardinal William H. Keeler, Baltimore'sCatholic archbishop, offers a prayer overBaker and appeals to Ehrlich to commute theconvicted killer's sentence to life in prisonwithout the possibility of parole.

Dec. 1: A federal judge turns down Baker'srequest for a stay, ruling that he had not proventhat the drugs used by the state causeunnecessary pain.

Dec. 5: The Maryland Court of Appealsand the U.S. Supreme Court reject Baker'sfinal appeals, and the governor declines tocommute his sentence. Baker is put to deathabout 9 p.m.

Sun staff reporting by Jennifer McMenamin

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