Glendale man to be charged with murder after mom dies

Michael Baker mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Jail.
Michael Baker mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Jail.

By Jena Johnson - email

GLENDALE, TX (KTRE) - A Glendale man who was arrested Sunday night, after law enforcement say he shot his mother and step-father, will be charged with murder after his mother died Monday morning, according to the Trinity County sheriff.

Joyce Baker Stewart, 67, died shortly before 11 a.m. at Hermann Medical Center in Houston from a gunshot wound.

Sheriff Ralph Montemayor Sr. said Michael Baker, 47, admitted to law enforcement that he shot his mother following an argument. He then admitted to also shooting his stepfather, H.F. Stewart, 67. The step-father is listed in stable condition at a Tyler hospital.

Montemayor said Baker did not have a criminal background and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the shootings. Baker worked as a checker at a Trinity grocery store.

Baker surrendered to authorities after a standoff in the home which lasted more than six hours. Authorities had both sides of the highway blocked off during the standoff.

Montemayor said Baker lived at the home, located on State Highway 94 and about a half-mile west of FM 3188, with his mother and step-father.

Baker is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Montemayor said a murder charge will be filed for the mother's death.

"He was just having family problems with his parents and felt kind of distraught at the time and just kind of lost it, what it appears to be," Montemayor said.

Hours after police arrived, Montemayor said Baker let his parents go one by one then barricaded himself in the house with a high-powered riffle.

"It was very intense," Montemayor said. "We talked to him several different times for several hours and he was back and fourth as to being aggravated or calm at different times."

For more than six hours, a 12-mile stretch of the road was blocked.

"We couldn't allow them to drive down this public road and possibly be shot by a stray bullet or anything because it was kind of a hostile situation at the time," Montemayor said.

Through a window, Baker went back and forth with authorities.

"Basically talking about his mom and things like that and that he didn't want to spend the rest of his life in jail," Montemayor said.

Still, there are few clues as to what could have caused him to pull the trigger on his own mother.

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