Therapist says minister's wife feared husband

WACO, Texas (AP) - A few days before she died, a minister's wife told her therapist that she thought her husband was going to kill her and was having an affair.
That's according to testimony in the murder trial of Matt Baker, a former Baptist minister accused of killing his wife in 2006. He said Kari Baker was depressed over the death of one of their daughters and committed suicide.
But her therapist JoAnn Bristol testified Wednesday that Kari Baker was never suicidal, even as she grieved the death of her 16-month-old daughter in 1999. Bristol said after she counseled Kari for a year, she didn't hear from her until a few days before her death.
Bristol said Kari Baker told her she thought her husband was trying to kill her, but then recanted. The therapist said she disagreed with another doctor's diagnosis that same week that Kari was depressed.

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