Posted: Feb 15, 2013 5:27 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2013 7:31 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Mark Baker is now out of jail after a judge dismissed murder charges against him a few hours after his arraignment. Baker tells us he thought he was being released on bond this afternoon, something that was a shock considering it was set at $500,000.
Upon his release, Baker isn't sure how he ended up being implicated in the crime. "I would know if I killed somebody," said Baker. He also told us he took a polygraph test during the investigation. Baker thinks people in Flour Bluff who do not like him blamed him for the killing.
The District Attorney's office says new evidence in the murder of Samuel Moore lead investigators in a different direction. No further information was given.
Baker was arrested Thursday at Timon's Ministry where he works as a cook. The arrest affidavit states a witness who picked up Moore after he was stabbed picked Baker's picture out of a lineup of six white males.
According to police, Moore died from a laceration to his heart.
On Tuesday night, the 24-year-old victim was walking towards the McDonald's in Flour Bluff with a friend when he spotted the man who robbed him just a shortly beforehand, according to court documents.
Moore's friend had already called a relative to tell them about Moore being robbed. The relative was on their way to give them a ride when he got into the fight.
The friend watched as Moore confronted his alleged robber who was armed with a knife in his right hand. During the brief struggle Moore was stabbed in the heart.
At about that time, the people who were on their way to give them a ride showed up. As Moore was brought into the car, his friend realized how seriously he was wounded. He was rushed to Bay Area Hospital where he later died.
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