Adam Baker plea deal hearing postponed

Adam Baker plea deal hearing postponed

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by GREG ARGOS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 4 at 6:02 PM

NEWTON, N.C. -- Adam Baker will have to wait another day before he'll know the final detail of a plea bargain his attorney is preparing with the Catawba County District Attorney's Office.

Baker, the father of murdered 10-year-old Zahra Baker, is charged with one felony count each of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense for obtaining electricity from Duke Energy. Prosecutors says he used a family member's name at his Hickory home to get the electricity in August 2010.

Wednesday morning, Baker, his attorney Mark Killian, and lawyers with the District Attorney's Office met behind closed doors to work out the details of the plea agreement. It's unlikely Baker will face any jail time.

"[Adam] hopes to get back home so he can get back and return to work, and do things any normal citizen will do," said Killian after the meeting.

Baker could be able to return home to Australia as soon as next week. Killian says it depends on whether he's given approval from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials.

The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Catawba County Courthouse in Newton, N.C.

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