Indiana man appears in court after pleading guilty to killing son’s friend at graduation party

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William Baker(Deaborn County Jail)
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:06 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:17 AM EDT
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DILLSBORO, Ind. (FOX19) - A southeastern Indiana man will learn his fate after pleading guilty in connection with the shooting death of his son’s friend at their high school graduation party.

William Baker, 48, of Dillsboro, appeared in Dearborn County Circuit Court Tuesday and will be back Wednesday.

Baker was charged with murder last year for the shooting death of Paycin Kritlow of South Dearborn.

Court records show that Baker entered a guilty plea on June 10.

The maximum sentence the judge can impose is 55 years, according to Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens.

The shooting happened during a graduation party at Baker’s home for his son, Tyler, in the early morning hours of July 19, 2020, according to Deddens.

Kritlow was one of Tyler’s friends and one of the party guests.

The teens had just received their high school diploma hours earlier, on July 18, 2020.

According to Prosecutor Deddens, Baker told police his 17-year-old daughter told him she had been raped and she pointed out Kritlow as the person that did it.

He told police got his rifle out of his gun cabinet, to the gun cabinet, walked outside, located the man his daughter identified, aimed and shot him, the prosecutor said.

Dearborn County deputies found Kritlow lying in the driveway of the home and saw a large, open wound to his neck from a gunshot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police interviewed Baker’s daughter, but she told them at no time did she tell her father she had been sexually assaulted, according to Deddens.

The girl also told authorities she was unaware of any other person present at the party who made any such statements.

Baker has been held at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.

correction: An earlier version of this story stated that there was a plea deal in the case and the murder charge against Mr. Baker was dismissed. Baker pleaded guilty to murder according to Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens and court records. Mr. Baker's age was also updated to reflect that he is 48-years-old.

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