Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Defense claims Deerfield man did not know what he was doing when he beat a Vernon Hills woman to death. Prosecutors offer evidence of intent.
Neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers disagree Daniel Baker bludgeoned Marina Aksman of Vernon Hills to death with a baseball bat over two years ago or has mental health issues, but evidence they present on the legal definition of insanity may well determine the Deerfield man’s fate, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. Opening arguments were Tuesday. Defense attorneys led by Ed Genson argued a “tragic, perfect storm” of events culminated in Baker not realizing his attack of Aksman was wrong, according to reports in the Daily Herald. Genson said he would prove Baker did not appreciate the criminality of his actions. Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney Patricia Fix claims Baker knew what he was doing because Aksman was trying …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Daniel Baker of Deerfield recently broke jail rules by cutting his hair with a razor; attorney says he intends to use insanity defense, the 'Lake County News-Sun' reports.
The man accused of murdering a Vernon Hills woman in 2010 continues to make waves behind bars in the Lake County Jail, the Lake County News-Sun reports. Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Baker of Deerfield recently gave himself an out-of-the-ordinary haircut, described by the Lake County News-Sun as a "reverse mohawk." Inmates are not allowed to cut their own hair. Baker previously has gotten into physical fights with correctional officers and threatened to kill jail personnel, the Lake County News-Sun reports. According to the Lake County New-Sun, Baker's lawyer plans for his client to plead insanity. He was deemed fit to stand trial roughly one year ago. The next court date is Oct. 9.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Judge gives Daniel Baker until July 27 to decide if he will claim insanity.
An Oct. 9 trial date was set today in Waukegan for Daniel Baker of Deerfield who was accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend’s mother to death with a baseball bat April 1, 2010, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. While setting the October date, Judge Daniel Shanes gave Baker lawyer Ed Genson until July 27 to decide whether to mount an insanity defense, according to the story. Baker’s mental state has been an issue in a number of pretrial hearings. Genson has been considering such a move but no final decision has been made. Today’s hearing also marked the first time Baker spoke to the judge when he thanked him at the end of the hearing. Unlike other hearings when Baker appeared erratic and unkempt, this time he was quiet and well …