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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

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