Patrick Henry Baker
Birth: February 19, 1945
Death: April 29, 2014
Michelle Mann Dec 3, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2015
New Brockton man arrested for assault now charged with murder
The robbery and assault charges initially filed against a New Brockton man have been upgraded to murder.
Jasen Scott Caradine, 32, is charged with murder in connection with the April 29 death of a 69-year-old man on Coffee County Road 521.
Caradine initially faced felony first-degree assault and felony first-degree robbery charges in connection with an April 19 attack on Patrick Baker in Baker’s home.
Baker, who had received multiple injuries during the attack, was transported to Southeast Alabama Medical Center for treatment and then transferred to a Birmingham hospital. He died April 29.
According to news reports at the time of the assault and robbery, Caradine allegedly used an aluminum bat during an armed robbery of the man in his home, during which cash was taken from the victim.
Caradine was booked into the Coffee County Jail and held on a total of $45,000 in bail on the two charges. He had been out on bond.
He was re-arrested Tuesday following a Coffee County Grand Jury indictment changing the first-degree assault charge to murder.
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Michelle Mann May 18, 2016 Updated May 19, 2016
Man convicted of assault in connection with New Brockton man’s death
A New Brockton man charged with murder and first-degree robbery was found guilty of neither after a five-day trial in Elba that ended Friday, May 13.
Jasen Scott Caradine, 33, was found not guilty of the murder of 69-year-old Pat Baker of New Brockton and not guilty of first-degree robbery in connection with the case.
The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated nearly eight hours over two days before finding Caradine guilty only of the lesser-included charge of first-degree assault.
Caradine remains free on bond waiting sentencing July 21 in Circuit Judge Jeff Kelley’s courtroom.
Caradine had been arrested within 15 minutes after the New Brockton police received an E-911 call April 19, 2014 from one of Baker’s neighbors who reported that he had found Baker, apparently beaten and robbed of approximately $1,000, inside Baker’s home on County Road 521 in New Brockton.
Caradine was charged with assaulting Baker with a metal baseball bat during the robbery, leaving Baker with wounds to the back of his head, multiple facial fractures, a lacerated liver and broken arm bones. Baker died in a Dothan hospital 10 days after the assault. Testimony during the trial was that Baker’s death was caused by a heart attack.
Calling it “the strangest murder case I have ever seen,” Caradine’s attorney, Matt Lamere, said that when his client was arrested at a New Brockton service station some 15 minutes after authorities had issued a “be on the lookout” alert for a black pickup truck, there was no blood found on Caradine and there was no blood found in his truck.
Authorities did not order forensic testing on Caradine’s clothing, nor did they conduct DNA testing on Caradine, according to court testimony.
Four hundred and fifty dollars in cash was found in Caradine’s pickup truck, Lamere said, before questioning how some $600 more money allegedly taken from Baker could have disappeared in 15 minutes. “The money might be the most important piece of evidence,” Lamere said. “Why didn’t (law authorities) see if Pat Baker’s DNA was on the money—they had it in their hands and they didn’t do it.”
Caradine’s clothing was not tested for traces of Baker’s blood, tire tracks found outside Baker’s home were not measured for possible vehicle identification and a cigarette butt found outside Baker’s home was not tested for DNA traces, Lamere reminded the jury in closing arguments. “There is a horrendous lack of evidence here.”
Lamere also reminded the jury in closing arguments that the neighbor who called E-911 after finding Baker was in fact a person with a felony burglary conviction.
Lamere said the convicted felon was the person, along with Baker’s daughter, who was allowed entry into Baker’s home to clean it up the day following the incident.
“Was (the convicted felon) the chief investigator in this case? It appears so,” Lamere said. “There would have been justice for Pat Baker if everyone involved had done their job.”
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mike Gurspan - Published: Jul. 21, 2016 at 5:21 PM CDT
Caradine Assault Sentencing
Today..., the man responsible for the death of an elderly Coffee County man was sentenced.
Initially charged with murder and robbery..., a jury last may convicted Jason Caradine of a lesser charge of first-degree assault. Two years ago..., Caradine walked into 69-year-old Pat Baker's New Brockton home and slammed the victim's head with an aluminum baseball bat... Baker died 10 days later... Today..., Caradine was sentenced to 15-years-and-eight months in a state penitentiary…
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