Looks Like Centerville Man Will Have Jury Trial for Murder

(Steelville) A man from Centerville, facing first degree murder, armed criminal action and two unlawful use of weapon felonies out of Reynolds County, chose not to cut a plea deal with the prosecuting attorney and so it looks he will have a jury trial later this year.

44-year-old Jason W. Baker is accused of shooting and killing the mother of his 9-year-old and 7-year-old sons at the woman’s Centerville home in June of 2021.

After the shooting, Baker allegedly left the area with his boys which led to the issuing of an Amber Alert.

The boys were eventually found safe with Baker.

That’s when he was arrested.

Baker’s murder trial is set for May 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Crawford County courthouse in Steelville on a change of venue from Reynolds County.