Prosecutor In Zahra Baker Case Wants Dismembering Corpses Law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The prosecutor in the Zahra Baker case wants North Carolina lawmakers to penalize the act of dismembering a body in order to conceal a crime.

District Attorney James Gaither said Friday he's working with two state representatives to introduce a bill this session. It's already illegal to secretly bury a corpse or conceal a death in order to cover up a crime. The bill Gaither wants would add dismembering a body to the list.

Zahra Baker, a 10-year-old girl with disabilities, was reported missing from her Hickory home last October. Police eventually found some of her remains in searches around western North Carolina. Her head remains missing.

Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, has been charged with second-degree murder. Court documents say Elisa Baker told investigators Zahra was dismembered after dying.

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  • by chelsie Location: washington on May 21, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    the only justice in america is for the criminal.
  • by Mike Location: Hubert on May 21, 2011 at 01:00 AM
    Maybe that proceuter should go back to law school because the sure missed the class that taught that this kind of thing IS ALREADY A CRIME !!! It's hard to believe that so many people in high places are so stupid. It must be the thin air they're breathing.
  • by JusticeForAll on May 20, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    Last time I looked, murder was a capital crime in NC. It is also a felony to tamper with a felony crime scene, and it a serious crime under NC law to disfigure or desecrate human remains. How is one more law going to make ANYONE more safe, or make it easier to lock up criminals, or prevent any crimes? We don't need more laws--we need to ENFORCE the ones we already have, and keep people who commit heinous crimes like this one locked up for a LONG time instead of letting them out after a few years. Better yet, bring back the Death Penalty in NC. Call your State Rep, State Senator, and the Governor, and DEMAND they lift the moratorium on the Death Penalty in NC. It's time for our State to start putting these "mad dogs" down like they deserve...

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