Minister-Murder Trial

WACO, Texas (AP) - Jurors have started deliberating the punishment for a former Texas minister convicted of killing his wife and trying to cover it up as a suicide.
Matt Baker, 38, faces up to life in prison for slipping his wife sleeping pills, suffocating her and faking her suicide note in 2006.
During closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor Crawford Long urged jurors to impose the maximum sentence. Long said Baker killed his wife Kari in "cold-blooded cruelty" and seemed to take pleasure in getting away with it.
But defense attorney Harold Danford urged jurors to consider Baker's entire life and activities such as youth mission trips and his work as a pastor. Danford reminded jurors that Baker is eligible for probation because he had not previously been convicted of a felony.

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