Bobby Ray Hunt pleads not guilty to Rome murder

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man accused of murder in Rome back on May 2nd was finally arraigned today in Rome City Court.

Police caught up with Bobby Ray Hunt in Fayetteville, North Carolina in mid-May, but officials only brought him back to Rome yesterday. Hunt entered a not guilty plea today to a charge of second degree murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Jadreck Baker. Police say Hunt shot Baker following an argument the two had at an after hours party.

Several friends and family members of victim Baker were in court today for Hunt's arraignment. They wore t-shirts with Baker's name and photograph on them. Seeing the man accused of killing their son and brother brought them little comfort.

"To see him smiling on his way out disgusted me. There's nothing that justice system is going to be able to do to punish him. He's going to have to meet his maker on day then the final justice will be set," said Baker's mother, Sandy Baker.

Hunt is being held at the Oneida County Jail without bail because bail can't be set at the city court level.

He's due back in Rome City Court Wednesday for a felony hearing.

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