On March 13, Jamie L. Baker, 44, of Smyrna, Del., was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during a felony in connection with the death of her husband, who police say died last year from antifreeze poisoning.
The woman’s husband, 42-year-old James D. Baker II, was found dead on the bedroom floor of the couple’s Smyrna home on Sept. 16, 2013, according to a report from USA Today.
The victim was reported to be a competitive weightlifter, and also worked as an environmental specialist for the DuPont Experimental Station.
An autopsy determined that the victim's kidneys contained a substance suspected to be ethylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze.
If taken in small doses, ethylene glycol will crystallize in the kidneys and eventually kill a person, police said in court records.
Evidence secured from the man’s death scene included “pills, syringes and a box containing several bottles of liquid steroids.” But the bottles of liquid steroids had been tampered with, and were found to contain ethylene glycol, which is when the medical examiner ruled Baker’s death to be “homicide by poisoning.”
The victim went in with a friend, and ordered the steroids over the web. The bottles were delivered to the friend’s house, after which Baker and his friend divvied up the shipment.
The friend told detectives that the steroid bottles were not tampered with when they arrived because they always checked for tampering.
The two would divide the bottles between themselves and Baker would take his portion back to his home and place them in a locked toolbox in a closet.
On Thursday, detectives went to Baker’s home and took the wife into custody.
Jamie Baker then told detectives how she had used a hypodermic syringe to extract antifreeze from a container stored in the garage and then injected several bottles of the steroids with the antifreeze, police said in court records.
Baker did not share any reasons why she dosed her husband’s steroid bottles with antifreeze. The Bakers were married for 22 years and had two daughters together.
She’s currently being held without bail at the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in New Castle, Del.
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