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Chickasaw County man loses appeal for 2014 burglary

Thaxter Baker

Thaxter Baker, 26, is serving 15 years in prison for the burglary of a home in Okolona in 2014.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 11:36 AM

HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - A Chickasaw County man lost his attempt to have his conviction for burglary overturned on appeal.

Thaxter Baker, 26, is serving 15 years in prison for the burglary of a home in Okolona in 2014.

Police say they found items stolen from a nearby home when responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Court records say Baker admitted to the burglary when asked by police who had confirmed the vehicle belonged to him.

Baker appealed saying there is nothing more than circumstantial evidence to link him to the burglary.

He says no DNA or fingerprint evidence and no witnesses testified they saw him burglarize the home.

Baker also says the judge was wrong not to allow the inclusion of circumstantial evidence in the jury instructions.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled against Baker saying he admitted to police he committed the burglary and the judge was correct not to allow the jury instruction.

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