Suspect then-Gov. Bevin pardoned testifies in own defense in federal case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The federal murder suspect former Governor Matt Bevin pardoned of a state conviction testified in his own defense Friday in court in London.

The Herald-Leader reports Patrick Baker’s attorney asked right away whether Baker killed Donald Mills.

According to the paper, Baker said, “Absolutely not…never shot the guy.”

Baker, 43, is accused of shooting Mills while trying to rob him for drugs and money in 2014.

Baker was imprisoned for a reckless homicide conviction in 2017, but then-Governor Matt Bevin pardoned him in 2019.

Now, Baker is facing federal charges for the same homicide and is on trial in London. Baker’s testimony Friday ended the second week of the trial.

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