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Suspect formally arrested in Shadybrook murder

Released by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office:

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received a call on Aug. 27, 2010 from a passerby about 6:50 p.m. to a person lying in the driveway of a home in the Shadybrook subdivision of Lake Palestine.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the home in the 100 block of Jackie Street and found William Earl Baker, 52, of Bullard, dead with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the torso.

Sheriff's investigators later began processing the scene, collecting evidence and interviewing residents in the community.

Information was limited, but the detectives with the Sheriff's Office followed all leads it had and those that came up in the following months.

A break came in June when detectives became privy to individuals that possibly had specific information and details that weren't given to the public and detectives found the information was consistent with the evidence from the scene.

Detectives learned the suspect was in prison on an unrelated felony conviction from another county and were able to use and substantiate information through a forensic examination of the victim's home computer. Cherokee County Sheriff's detectives executed an evidentiary search warrant at a home of the suspect's family and found what is believed to be the murder weapon.

On June 28, two deputies went to the TDCJ prison unit where the suspect was incarcerated and he was transported back to Cherokee County. The suspect was interviewed by Sheriff's Lt. Gina Battley and Detective Brad George.

The suspect then confessed to the murder after he was confronted with evidence obtained by law enforcement. He was transported back to prison pending indictment and a murder warrant.

On July 25th, 2011, the Cherokee County Grand Jury indicted William Craig Dempsey, of Anderson County, for the murder of William Baker.

On September 14th, 2011 William Dempsey was transported from his assigned TDCJ prison unit back to Cherokee County where he was formally arrested and charged for the murder. His bail was set at $100,000.00 dollars by JP#2, Judge Brenda Dominy.

On September 15th, 2011 Dempsey was transported to the Cherokee County Courthouse and brought before the 369th Judicial District Judge, Bascom Bentley. Judge Bentley then appointed attorney Allen Ross to represent Dempsey.

A trial date has not been set as of this release.

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