Hunt rejects plea offer in Rome homicide

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man accused of murdering another man in Rome back in May has rejected a plea offer from the Oneida County District Attorney's Office.

Bobby Ray Hunt, 34, has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He is accused of killing Jadreck Baker, 20, on East Bloomfield Street following an argument back on May 2 in the City of Rome.

According to the Rome Police Department, Baker and Hunt had an argument at a party in Rome just hours before the fight. When Baker left, Hunt supposedly followed him to East Bloomfield Street and shot him four times.

"Baker went to an after-hours party with some other people. The dispute occurred when they went inside. It was a very crowded area...some bumping went on," said Rome Police Detective Commander Timothy Bates back in May. "Some of the members of one part kind of crossed paths with them closely and it kind of just erupted from there. It didn't turn into a physical altercation at the scene. It was a verbal altercation. But others broke it up and they left."

Baker and two other males reportedly left the party in a vehicle and Hunt followed them in a separate vehicle. Baker's car pulled over when Hunt got out of his car, approached Baker and fatally shot him four times. Hunt then fled the scene, leading to an investigation that involved multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshall's Office of Violent Force in Fayetteville, North Caroline, where Hunt was taken into custody before being returned to Oneida County.

In court on Thursday, Hunt said no to an offer of 17-years to life in prison.

He now faces 25 years to life if convicted at trial.

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