- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

MADERA, Calif. (AP) - A jury has decided former Madera County Supervisor Harry Baker is competent to stand trial in his long-running felony molestation case involving a 13-year-old girl.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1Gv07I0) the panel deliberated for an hour and 10 minutes before reaching its decision late Wednesday.

Baker’s lawyer, Roger Nuttall, says his 87-year-old client has memory issues and would never be able to withstand cross-examination.

A criminal complaint accuses Baker of committing lewd acts on the girl in a Fresno motel room in 2007. When video of the alleged crime came to light, Baker accused the girl’s family of trying to blackmail him.

Baker’s trial has been delayed several times because of his health.

A trial date will be set at a hearing next month. Until then, Baker will remain in the Fresno County Jail.


Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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