SUSPECT: Kevin Edison Smith (on trial for murder of Krystal Jean Baker)

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    http://www.khou.com/news/local/Judge-sets-January-trial-date-for-suspect-in-Killing-Fields-murder-133"172658.html

    "Judge sets January trial date for suspect in 'Killing Fields' murder
    by KFDM News
    CHAMBERS COUNTY, Texas – A judge has set a January 7 trial date for a man charged with capital murder in the 1996 beating, sexual assault and strangulation of 13-year-old Krystal Jean Baker in Chambers County, KFDM News reports.
    Investigators say Kevin Edison Smith, 46, is a person of interest in several murders of young girls and women in the Houston to Galveston I-45 corridor, an area known as the "Killing Fields."
    "Baker’s body was found under the Trinity River Bridge off Interstate 10 in March of 1996 after she was last seen at a convenience store in Texas City. The case went cold after investigators couldn’t find any suspects in her murder."
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    Krystal is related to Norma Jean Baker, ala Marylin Monroe
     
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    http://www.khou.com/home/Judge-sets-January-trial-date-for-suspect-in-Killing-Fields-murder-133172658.html


    Edited to add the link. Added link to entire story and video
    http://www.kfdm.com/articles/court-45562-daughter-killer.html
     
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    CHAMBERS COUNTY SHERIFF: LOUISIANA MAN CONFESSES TO KILLING 13-YEAR-OLD TEXAS CITY GIRL 14 YEARS AGO

    http://www.silsbeebee.com/news.php?viewStory=2118
     
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    http://galvestondailynews.com/story/199450
     
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    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/local/100924-14-years-later-suspect-arrested-in-teens-murder
     
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    http://www.silsbeebee.com/files/image/article/full_2118.jpg

    http://www.silsbeebee.com/chambers-county-sheriff-louisiana-man-confesses-to-killing-13-year-old-texas-city-girl-14-years-ago-cms-2118
     
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    I also would like to see his DNA tested against any DNA in the cases of Laura Smither and Amber Hagerman. He has lived/worked in both Friendswood and Arlington around the times of their murders.
     
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    Timeline Map


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    http://www.kfdm.com/articles/fields-45475-killing-county.html#ixzz1o4Cv05Dl
     
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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7216137.html
     
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    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7740719
     
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    http://www.khou.com/news/local/Judge-sets-January-trial-date-for-suspect-in-Killing-Fields-murder-133172658.html
     
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    It is such a shame that he confessed and they have his DNA now his attorney alleges that the DNA isn't proof and the confession was coherced! According to his attorney, Smith could have gotten his DNA on her dress and it doesn't prove he killed her.

    He was arrested on his 45th birthday. I hope he is convicted before his 47th birthday.
     
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    Smith's DNA was entered in CODIS in 2010 when he was arrested in Louisiana on a drug charge. It turned up as a match for DNA recovered in Krystal Baker's murder, and that's why he was arrested.

    If he left DNA at any other crime scenes, CODIS should have hit on them, too. Unfortunately, in Smither's case, exposure to the elements for 17 days destroyed any viable DNA evidence. Carpet fibers were found and matched to Reece's car, and Laura's parents are convinced he's the killer. In 1999, the Smithers were granted a $10 million judgment from a wrongful death suit against Reece.

    It was a stroke of luck that Smith was arrested in Louisiana on the drug charge, because here the law requires all felony arrestees to submit a buccal swab. He would not have been required to submit a sample if he'd been arrested for drugs in Texas because the law places tougher restrictions on obtaining DNA samples from arrestees.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18559_1...fields/?pageNum=5&tag=contentMain;contentBody

    Quotes snipped from CBS 48 Hours Mystery: The Real-Life Mystery of Texas "Killing Fields", October 22, 2011. Much more at the link.
     
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    Here's the timeline that accompanies the map at the 48 Hours Mystery website:

    1998
    Friendswood, Texas
    1999
    Houston, Texas
    Webster, Texas
    2000
    Houston, Texas
    Webster, Texas
    Arlington, Texas
    Bastrop, La.
    2001
    Venus, Texas
    Texas City, Texas
    2002
    Hood County, Texas
    2003
    Freeport, Texas
    Phoenix, Ariz.
    2004
    Texas City, Texas
    2005
    Bedford, Texas
    Durham, N.C.
    Texas City, Texas

    2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Phoenix, Ariz.
    Fort Worth, Texas
    2007
    Mansfield, Texas
    Hitchcock, Texas
    2008
    Durham, N.C.
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Houston, Texas
    Opelousas, La.
    2009
    La Marque, Texas
    Fort Worth, Texas
    2010
    Houston, Texas
    Opelousas, La.
    Texas City, Texas
    Fort Worth, Texas
    La Marque, Texas


    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/20/48hours/main20122789.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody


    If this information is correct, he lived in the area at least since the 1980's:

    DNA Linking Man to Teen's '96 Death Gives Her Family Answers
    Houston Chronicle, September 24, 2010
     
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    Smith only left DNA on Baker's dress, which may indicate he used a condom during the sexual assault. If that is the case, there could possibly not be any DNA left on other victims regardless of how long they were exposed to the elements.

    If is my understanding that the detective investigating her murder in Chambers County repeatedly submitted the DNA from Krystal's case into CODIS in hopes of getting a match. The last time it was submitted was in late 2009. I am not exactly sure how CODIS works, but I know sometimes it can take quite a while to get a hit and then it has to be verified. I do know that the DNA from a case has to be submitted regularly and there has to be DNA in the first place.
     

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