Man Found Guilty of Killing Girlfriend's Mom

Judge rules Daniel Baker mentally ill

Monday, Nov 5, 2012  |  Updated 11:19 AM CDT
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Man Found Guilty of Killing Girlfriend's Mom

Daniel Baker killed his girlfriend's mother in 2010.

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A Deerfield man has been found guilty but mentally ill in the slaying of his girlfriend's mother.

A judge delivered the verdict to Daniel Baker, 24, in court Monday morning, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Baker was charged with beating Marina Aksman to death with a baseball bat after smashing an SUV into her Vernon Hills home in 2010.

The defendant gave up his right to a jury trial.

He will likely receive a long prison sentence and receive mental health treatment while in jail, the newspaper reported.

Police arrested Baker a week later after Aksman's death after finding him speeding in the victim's car on a Montana road. Aksman's daughter, Kristina Aksman, was a passenger in the car but ultimately was not charged.

Prosecutors contend Baker killed Aksman because she was trying to break up the couple.

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