Man charged in 1989 killing of Belton woman

August 12, 2011 6:45:41 AM PDT
A Central Texas man has been charged in the 1989 stabbing death of a woman at her home.

Belton police say DNA evidence led to the arrest of 44-year-old Samuel Edward Baker of Temple, who was held without bond Friday in the Hays County Jail. Sgt. Larry Berg says Baker was arrested Thursday in Buda (BYOO'-duh), where he worked as a truck driver.

The body of 74-year-old Shellie Latham was discovered Sept. 10, 1989, in her home.

The murder investigation was reopened in 2009 and assigned to a cold case investigator. Police have declined to provide additional details on the DNA evidence.

Jail records had no listing of an attorney for Baker.

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