Prosecutors request continuance in Cynthia Baker murder trial

MCLEAN COUNTY (WEEK) — The murder trial for a Normal woman accused of abusing and killing her eight-year-old stepdaughter is slated to begin October 15th.

However, defense attorneys for Cynthia Baker say that the McLean County State’s Attorney has filed a motion for a continuance, requesting more time to prepare for trial.

Baker is charged with three counts of murder in connection to the death of eight-year-old Rica Rountree, who died in January. 

Prosecutors allege a long pattern of abuse by Baker prior to the child’s death, and a watchdog group said Rountree was “afraid to go home.”

In a statement today, Baker’s attorneys say they believe the prosecution wants a delay in order to review evidence they submitted, which they say indicates another possible cause for the girl’s injuries.

Prosecutors say they haven’t had enough time to review that evidence, but the defense maintains they have had it all along.

The Johnson Law Group, which is representing Baker in the case, says the are objecting to the Motion to Continue.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to the group.

Sheridan Swathwood

Sheridan Swathwood

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