Woman loses son and grandson in two separate homicides

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sandy Baker, of Rome, lost her son and infant grandson to gun violence in the past two months. The accused killer of her 20-year-old son, Jadreck Baker, is in jail, facing charges; the accused killer of infant Eithen Theall, son of Baker's daughter, Jamie, is handcuffed to a hospital bed, yet to be formally charged.

Police say 21-year-old Adam Theall shot and killed his son, Ethan, in front of State Police on Tuesday. State Police shot Adam Theall, but he survived and his condition is improving. Although she didn't realize it at the time, Sandy Baker heard her grandson's murder.

"We heard Adam screaming in the background if I see a cop I'm killing everybody in here. We then set the phone down and her and I listened on speaker phone to the entire shooting....there were so many gunshots it was almost unbelievable that it was gunshots. It sounded horrible, horrific, it sounded like a recording just kept repeating itself and repeating itself," said Baker, who thought the older Theall had killed himself, as he had recently threatened.

The Bakers on Thursday had to postpone baby Eithen's funeral in order to be in Rome City Court for the arraignment of her son, Jadreck's accused killer, Bobby Ray Hunt. The family showed up to court in t-shirts bearing victim Jadreck Baker's name and photo. Hunt entered a customary not guilty plea.

"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.

Bobby Ray Hunt is due back in Rome City Court on Wednesday for a felony hearing stemming from the May murder of 20-year-old Jadreck Baker. Until then, he is in the Oneida County Court without bail, which cannot be set at the city court level for the crime of murder.

Adam Theall has not yet been formally charged with his infant son, Eithen's murder, but State Police say he's handcuffed to a hospital bed in Syracuse, where he is conscious and improving. Police hope to bring him before a judge as soon as possible.

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