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Baker's case grabs national attention

by Loren Korn

WACO- Matt Baker's trial is making national headlines and is sparking d the interest of viewers and media outlets nationwide. But why this case? Why is Matt Baker getting more attention than others?

Major network shows like 20/20 and 48 Hours booked it to Waco.  So did the Associated Press and a mysteries and true crimes author. All of them are anxiously awaiting to cover the trial of Matt Baker, a former Waco area pastor accused of killing his wife Kari back in 2006.

"I think this is a fascinating case and I think it's an important case. It's incredibly sad and an incredible tragedy. I'm here like everybody else. I want to see what happened and why it happened," said Kathryn Casey.

The award winning author said she's been following Baker's case in the newspapers for a while when she decided to show up to the trial.

"I pick cases that I'm interested in and I think my readers will be. This was one I just found fascinating," Casey said.

Casey isn't the only one that found this case intriguing.  ABC's News Magazine show 20/20 said it's not always the big, law changing case that grabs their attention.

"What we're looking for many times are small stories in small communities. We're looking for interesting characters and with interesting issues. That's what this is," Jim Avila, Senior Law and Justice Correspondent said.

This is an unusual case for 20/20.

"The person who's accused is a pastor. He has no previous record, he is adamant about his innocence and he did have some problems. But those are all interesting things that will carry a viewer all the way through an hour," Avila said.

And for Casey, this case is a book that she said is valuable to her readers.

"They really kind of open a window in the criminal justice system and really show why people do the things they do. How events unfold that lead to a certain tragedy."

All media outlets tell News Channel 25 they're sticking around until the very end. Judge Ralph Strother said the trial should last about two weeks.


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