HICKORY, N.C. -- A change of venue hearing for Elisa Baker was abruptly put on hold Monday afternoon so her attorney Scott Reilly could continue discussions with Catawba County District Attorney James Gaither.
Neither the prosecution nor the defense would say what the talks have been about, but there is every indication a plea deal for Baker is on the table.
Elisa Baker is charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter Zahra Baker. Parts of the body of the freckle-faced little girl were found spread over two counties last fall.
Judge Timothy Kincaid had agreed to a change of venue for the trial and was supposed to announce where he would move the trial Monday afternoon.
However, that is now on hold pending the outcome of a hearing before him on Wednesday morning when the plea agreement may be announced, if in fact there is one reached.
As he was leaving the district attorney's office Monday, Reilly would not say if he was in plea negotiations.
I think the discussions we had are private and possibly will be disposed of Wednesday morning, Reilly said.
Asked if he thought the case would be resolved on Wednesday, Reilly said, I really don't want to comment on what is going to happen on Wednesday.