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04-01-2011, 08:42 PM
Sixteen-year-old Clifford Baker is charged as an adult in the shooting deaths that occurred last August and is expected to stand trial in May. Prosecutors say he confessed to carrying out the killings after using marijuana and prescription medication.

Bakerís lawyer says heís exploring whether an antidepressant caused the teen to act erratically.

The killings occurred about a week after Baker was released from a hospital, where he was taken after shooting himself in the torso - the same day his dogís bullet-riddled and bound carcass was found on railroad tracks.


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Earlier article below tells more about the crime and victims

The victims were John M. Mahon, 60, and Debra J. Tish, 53.

State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in court Thursday that the two were shot with rifles they apparently owned. Friedel said each was shot four times. Tish suffered gunshot wounds from both rifles, and Mahon had been shot with one of them, Friedel said.


04-05-2011, 03:33 AM
At a pretrial hearing, an Illinois State Police investigator claimed that Baker, one of only two teenagers in town, admitted carrying out the killings while in a haze of marijuana and prescription pills. As the officer testified, Baker sat with his head bowed, at times sobbing.

A judge now is weighing a request by Baker's attorney, Monroe McWard, to have the teen's videotaped confession tossed out on claims that Baker didn't have the mental wherewithal to voluntarily give it. And McWard is exploring whether the teen's behavior, after he wounded himself with the rifle, became erratic when he was prescribed an antidepressant while undergoing psychiatric tests at one of two hospitals in the buildup to the deadly shootings.

05-31-2011, 01:04 AM
Baker's attorneys had claimed that a psychiatrist's recent report concluded that, as a result of mental illness or defect, Baker lacked the mental capacity to recognize any criminality of the alleged Aug. 4 shootings of John Mahon and Debra Tish.

Stephen Friedel, the county's state's attorney, countered that while the report stated Baker has a mental illness, it was not the cause of his criminal behavior. The combination of Baker's use of an antidepressant and Baker's mental capacity was more significant, Friedel said.

"The actions are not the result of mental illness, they're the result of the fact he can't handle drugs very well," Friedel said.


05-31-2011, 01:05 AM
Defense attorneys appealed to Judge Michael McHaney to reconsider last week’s ruling after an adolescent psychiatrist’s recent report concluded that, as a result of mental illness or defect, 16-year-old Clifford Baker lacked the mental capacity to recognize the criminal behavior that occurred Aug. 4 in the shooting deaths of John Mahon and Debra Tish. Baker was 15 at the time of the slayings, but is being tried as an adult.

While McHaney noted the defense had time to issue an insanity plea earlier but chose not to, attorney Mark Wykoff said the new information was not available until the final report was issued earlier this week and was not included in the psychiatrist’s preliminary report in April.

Wykoff added he objected to the ruling, calling it “premature and speculative,” and said the defense had no intention to raise the issue of insanity at last week’s hearing, but that was before the attorneys were made aware of the final opinion.

State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel objected to the request and referenced another opinion in the final report, which was sealed during the hearing.


08-15-2011, 08:34 AM

Jury selection was expected to begin Monday in Fayette County in the first-degree murder trial of 16-year-old Clifford Baker. Baker is accused in the August 2010 shooting deaths of John Mahon and Debra Tish. The two were killed at their home in Loogootee, a community about 80 miles east of St. Louis. Baker was 15 at the time of the killings but is being tried as an adult.

Not that far from my little bitty agricultural hometown . . .

09-26-2011, 04:48 AM
A jury deliberated less than three hours Tuesday before finding 16-year-old Clifford W. Baker guilty of the murders of two of his neighbors last year in the small Fayette County community of Loogootee.