Jury finds man pardoned by fmr. Gov. Matt Bevin guilty in federal murder case


LONDON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – A jury has found Patrick Baker guilty.

The federal case against the southern Kentucky man, who was pardoned on his state charges, was put in the hands of a jury at the federal courthouse in London late Tuesday.

The jury deliberated for about two hours Tuesday and went back in just before 9 Wednesday morning. The guilty verdict came early Wednesday afternoon after hours of deliberation.

Baker was accused, now convicted, of murdering Donald Mills during a drug crime in May 2014.

Prosecutors say Baker shot and killed the Knox County man inside his home because Baker was trying to steal Mills’s drug stash. The defense claimed another man committed the crime.

Baker was tried and convicted of murder in Knox Circuit Court in 2017 and sentenced to 19 years but pardoned by then-Governor Matt Bevin in a flurry of pardons right before he left office in 2019.

However, weeks after that pardon, the FBI started their own investigation that culminated in Baker being charged federally in June of this year.

The jury had asked several questions of the court, the last being if they could see transcripts of the testimony of several witnesses. The judge said those would take too long to prepare and that the jury needs to go by their memory of what they heard.

Baker’s trial began two weeks ago. He faces life in prison.


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