Man Who Raped, Killed Ex-Girlfriend Gets Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A San Fernando Valley man who raped and
killed a 60-year-old grandmother before dumping her body in the
desert in 2004 has been sentenced to death.

A jury convicted Paul Wesley Baker on March 19 of first-degree
murder in the death of Judy Palmer. The 47-year-old Baker once
dated Palmer, who disappeared nearly four years ago.

Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Susan M. Speer on Friday rejected
a motion for a new trial and a motion to reduce the sentence to
life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Baker was convicted of five other counts, including forcible
rape, first-degree residential burglary and grand theft auto.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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