- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GERING, Neb. (AP) - A prosecutor has filed an amended charge against a 16-year-old accused of killing a Scotts Bluff County jailer.

Dylan Cardeilhac, of Torrington, Wyoming, had been charged with first-degree murder for the fatal Feb. 14 attack on 24-year-old Amanda Baker. Online court records say state prosecutor Doug Warner on Monday filed an amended charge of first-degree murder during the commission of a robbery.

Officials said the state is alleging that Cardeilhac may have not have intended to kill Baker but did so while committing another felony. Cardeilhac is accused of fatally attacking Baker while stealing her keys so he could try to escape.

His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 17. Another inmate, 17-year-old Guy Eagle Elk, of Lisco, is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 15. He’s accused of helping Cardeilhac plan the attack on Baker.

The two teens were being held in a juvenile section of the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center in Gering, just east of the Wyoming border, when Baker was attacked. Cardeilhac was being held on charges of armed robbery and use of a weapon in a Dec. 3 convenience store robbery in nearby Mitchell. In May he was given eight to 15 years in prison for that crime. Eagle Elk had been convicted as a juvenile of shoplifting.

Jail security video shows Cardeilhac talking Baker into checking something on his cell floor and then pouncing on the guard when she turned her back, according to an arrest affidavit. Authorities have said the video shows that Baker was strangled for more than 2 1/2 minutes.

Baker, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, was taken to a hospital, where she died.


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