A new court date has been set for a Maryland man charged with murder in the brutal stabbing death of a woman outside a Colonial Beach motel in October.
William Harrison Baker, 49, of Indian Head, Md., is set to appear Jan. 15 in Westmoreland County General District Court to face charges of first degree murder and breaking and entering with a weapon with intent to murder.
A hearing was held Nov. 13, but the case was continued to await forensics results.
“There are some items that were sent to the lab and there hasn’t been a report back from the lab yet,” said Commonwealth Attorney Julia Sichol.
Baker allegedly stabbed 46-year-old Elizabeth D. Thompson at the Beach Gate Inn in the 800 block of Colonial Ave. in the early morning hours Oct. 3.
Baker is now behind bars in the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond as he awaits arraignment.
Baker, who was recently released from prison, was charged with attempted murder in Charles County, Md., in 1996, according to Maryland online records but details about the disposition of that charge were not clear.
The brutal stabbing of the mother and grandmother known as “Neicey” is the first murder Colonial Beach has seen in seven years, according to police. It happened in front of several witnesses.
Police said Thompson was in her room with her boyfriend, when Baker showed up at around 1 a.m. and broke into the room. Thompson tried to escape and managed to make a call to 911 at 1:13 a.m., according to Sheriff C.O. Balderson. She reported that she was being stabbed and Westmoreland Deputies were immediately dispatched. A witness said the brutal attack happened quickly and the suspect fled on foot.
Colonial Beach Police Sgt. M.A. Russo observed activity and entered the parking lot where he was approached by several subjects reporting the incident.
He found Thompson approximately 30 feet from her room with multiple stab wounds. She died a short time later.
Witnesses provided police with possible suspect information and check points were set up observing traffic entering and leaving town. Additional Colonial Beach Police Officers and deputies from the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office searched the area on foot and by vehicle.
According to Sheriff Balderson, Deputy Antwan Smith located Baker walking on Rt. 205 around 6:05 a.m. about a mile from the stabbing site.
At presstime, the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney was still awaiting some lab reports on evidence.