Vernon Hills murder suspect waives extradition

April 8, 2010 2:55:04 PM PDT
A man charged with the murder of his girlfriend's mother will return to Illinois soon, officials said.

Daniel Baker, 21, was taken into custody in Montana on Monday. He was driving a car belonging to Marina Aksman, 50, who was found dead in her Vernon Hills home on April 1, when police pulled him over for speeding. He led officials on a brief chase before being taken into custody.

"They had him since Monday and hadn't contacted them. Never contacted them, actually. They were contacted last night by a series of reporters who told us he was there," said Genson.

Baker was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in Aksman's murder on Wednesday. She was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat, police said.

"He's a young man. He has no prior record. There's no one incidence of anything approaching losing his temper that I know about," said Ed Genson, Baker attorney.

Aksman's daughter, Kristina, was also taken into custody with Baker in Cut Bank, Montana. Kristina was home at the time of the murder, but as the facts stand now she is not a suspect and will not be charged in connection to the murder, officials said.

"I'm really relieved that she's coming home and safe and sound. And I'm really glad that her boyfriend will be charged with murder," said Lauren Weber, Aksman's friend.

The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force will bring Baker back to Illinois either Thursday night or early Friday morning. He is scheduled to appear in court on a bond hearing in Waukegan on Friday afternoon.

Officials may hold a news conference after Friday's appearance and announce the motive.