06/14/2024

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STUNNING UGA LAW STUDENT BRUTALLY BEATEN IN SMOLDERING OFF CAMPUS APT

STUNNING UGA LAW STUDENT BRUTALLY BEATEN IN SMOLDERING OFF CAMPUS APT

Just after returning to classes at the University of Georgia for the spring semester, Tara Baker heads to the law library for a study session.

At a quarter to 10, Baker calls her friend from the library to ensure she got home safe, mentioning she’s heading home shortly. The next morning, Baker misses her 9:30 class.

In the mid-morning hours of January 19th, Athens-Clarke County firefighters are called to an apartment fire at 160 Fawn Drive. Firefighters break down a locked door to access the unit, and find a fire had broken out in the bedroom and burned through the roof. Among the rubble, firefighters discover the body of a young woman, later identified as first-year law student Tara Louise Baker.

Police do not release Baker’s cause of death, but tell the public they believe she was murdered, the attacker a stranger to Baker. Investigators consider the possibility that Baker’s murder is connected to a Christmas day arson at a complex just a block from Baker’s.

No one was home when someone entered the unit and set fire to a pile of clothes. Police also look at Baker’s boyfriend, but he passes a polygraph test and his alibi is confirmed. Investigators focus on a theory that a stranger broke into Baker’s apartment. Police reveal that Baker was beaten, stabbed, strangled, and potentially sexually assaulted.

Twenty-three years after Tara Baker’s body is found in her burning apartment, the GBI in partnership with Athens-Clarke County Police arrested a man suspected of her murder. Edrick Faust, 48, is put behind bars for 9 charges related to Baker’s sexual assault and murder.

Joining Nancy Grace Today:

Fran Longwell – Former Deputy State’s Attorney (Calvert County, MD), Former Assistant State’s Attorney (Prince George’s County, MD) specializing in child abuse, sex offenses and homicides
Dr. Angela Arnold – Psychiatrist, Atlanta GA. Expert in the Treatment of Pregnant/Postpartum Women, Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology: Emory University, Former Medical Director of The Psychiatric Ob-Gyn Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital
Shera LaPoint –  Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogist with DNA Labs International; Author: “The Gene Hunter”
Sheryl McCollum– Cold Case Investigative Research Institute Founder; Host of  Zone 7; X: @ColdCaseTips
Kendall Crowns
Dr. Kendall Crowns – Chief Medical Examiner Tarrant County (Ft Worth) and Lecturer: University of Texas Austin and Texas Christian University Medical School
Alexis Tereszcuk –(CA) CrimeOnline.com Investigative Reporter, Writer/Fact Checker at leadstories.com; X:@swimmie2009

Additional Guests

  • Nicolle Brock – Firefighter, EMT, and Arson Expert

“Crime Stories with Nancy Grace” on Fox Nation is also a national radio show on SiriusXM channel 111, airing for two hours daily starting at 12 p.m. EST. You can also subscribe and download the daily podcasts at iHeart Podcasts.

[Feature Photo: Tara Louise Baker/Georgia Bureau of Investigation]