Thursday update: Prosecution in murder trial close to wrapping up its case

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Attorneys for the Loogootee teen accused of murdering a neighbor couple and attacking another neighbor are expected to begin presenting Clifford Baker's defense on Friday morning.

As the trial recessed for lunch on Thursday, Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel told trial Judge Michael McHaney that he expected to wrap up the prosecution's case by the end of the day.

The trial for Clifford Baker, 16, began on Monday with jury selection. Baker is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for allegedly fatally shooting Mike Mahon, 60, and Deb Tish, 53, in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2011.

Baker is also charged with two counts of home invasion, with those charges alleging that he also entered the home of Steve and Randy Krajefska that morning, and struck Randy Krajefska while brandishing a knife.

Prosecution witnesses on Wednesday and Thursday included an Illinois State Police crime scene technicians, state police investigator and forensic pathologist, as well as Baker's father, Jeff Goldman.

Thursday witnesses also included a teen girl with whom Baker corresponded through text messaging shortly before the murders.