A lawyer for the star witness in the Liz Carroll trial says she will not waive extradition. Amy Baker is expected in a Clermont County courtroom this afternoon. Baker was arrested Friday after she was indicted in Mason County, KY, and an hour has been set aside for an extradition hearing this afternoon.
The case has caused a rift between prosecutors in Southwest Ohio and the Commonwealth Attorney in Mason County, which is across the river from Brown County. Clermont County Criminal Prosecutor Daniel Breyer says the move could affect the Carroll's appeals, and undermine prosecutors' ability to convince witnesses to accept immunity in exchange for testifying against criminals.
Former Hamilton County prosecutor Mike Allen says there's no legal obstacle to what Mason County did, but the case could end up with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
Amy Baker and David Carroll are both charged with Tampering with Evidence. The formal criminal complaint says that the two disposed of the remains of Marcus Feisel's body in the Ohio River on or about August 7, 2006. The Maysville Police Department and the Mason County Attorney said in a joint news release that bond was set at $50,000 for Baker. No bond was set for Carroll who is already in an Ohio prison.
Baker turned herself in to the Clermont County Prosecutor's Office Friday afternoon. Baker appeared in a Clermont County court later in the afternoon where she refused extradition.
In the bond hearing on Friday afternoon, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel "Woody" Breyer spoke on Baker's behalf telling the judge she should be released on her own recognizance. Breyer told FOX 19 that the new charges in Kentucky came as a surprise to him and he said promises made to Baker when she was given immunity for testifying were broken.
Baker was the star witness in the February trial of Liz Carroll. Carroll's husband David later plead guilty to charges relating to the death of Marcus Feisel. Ohio authorities granted Baker immunity last summer in the case in exchange for her cooperation in the investigation. After her testimony, prosecutors in both Hamilton and Clermont County repeatedly said they did not intend to pursue any additional charges against Baker.
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