Marianna Murders

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

On March 17, the city of Marianna witnessed the worst murder in the county's history. Nineteen-year-old Danielle Baker and three of her four children were found dead in their apartment.

Investigators say those close to Baker have been doing what they can to help solve the crimes, but not everyone has been cooperative.

Investigators have yet to name a suspect in the case involving the murder of 19-year-old Danielle Baker and her three sons all under the age of four, but they say not everyone close to Baker is cooperating with investigators.

Lou Roberts, Marianna Police Chief, says, "We asked him if he would participate in a polygraph and so far he has not been willing to take that step. Just ‘cause he is not doing that does not mean he is a suspect, but he is one that we want to eliminate. It helps gives us a since of direction."

Wesley Williams, the father of three-year-old Arron and one-year-old Amarrion Baker was recently sentenced to a year in jail stemming from an unrelated case.

Marianna Police Chief Lou Roberts says Williams is not the only one that's declined the polygraph, but he won't say who the other person is.

"We got one other individual that hasn't been real positive about taking the polygraph, but we would like to see Mr. Williams at this point take the polygraph.

Chief Roberts says it's not a matter of being guilty or innocent. The polygraph cannot be used as evidence. It’s just an investigation tool.

"You cannot use it in a courtroom. However, it can be used for an investigative tool. So far it has helped us considerably."

Nine people other have taken and passed a polygraph to assist this investigation.

Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. If you have any information, please call the Jackson County Crime Stoppers Tips Line at 850-526-5000.


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