Dietrich Baker Held in Shooting Death of James Ray Sherrod

Dietrich Baker was ordered held today pending a preliminary hearing on a charge that he shot and killed James Ray Sherrod near a Kenilworth Avenue bus stop on Saturday afternoon.

Baker, who was arrested Monday, appeared in court today to be presented with the second-degree murder charge.

Charging documents rely on the testimony of two witnesses, in addition of a surveillence video. According to those accounts, Sherrod approached the bus stop, greeted Baker, and spoke with him briefly. “Within seconds, [Baker] produced a large handgun and started shooting at [Sherrod], striking him multiple times.”

According to the charging documents, Baker then ran across the street and behind a building, ditching a backpack in a dumpster. Police later recovered a backpack from the dumpster as well as a .357 caliber Taurus revolver with five spent cartridge casings and one live round inside the chamber of the gun.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23.

Charging documents are below.

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