Man pardoned of murder conviction claims he was framed by KSP

Published: Dec. 17, 2019 at 6:23 PM EST
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A Kentucky man pardoned by former Governor Matt Bevin says he was wrongfully convicted.

Patrick Baker spoke for the first time Tuesday since he was released. He was convicted of killing a man in Knox County, but Baker and his attorney claim he was framed by Kentucky State Police.

"And the recognition that these police officers that have been sued repeatedly, should not have a badge," said Baker's attorney Elliot Slosar.

Slosar says KSP botched the case against Baker, including DNA evidence that clears Baker. "There were handcuffs left at the scene of the crime, Kentucky State Police lab tested those cuffs and excluded Patrick Baker," added Slosar.

Baker thanked the former governor for setting him free. Baker also talked about the allegation that his family's campaign contribution influenced the pardon.

"The pardon was never paid for by my family. Common sense will tell you that. You're more than welcome to look into that," explained Baker.

Commonwealth's Attorney Jackie Steele says a jury was unanimous in their verdict against Patrick Baker and says this lawsuit against these officers is only an allegation, saying anyone can sue anyone.

Baker's attorney also said he should be cleared from the crime scene because of what witnesses said he looked like. The victim's mother described the shooter having tattoos, while Baker does not have tattoos.

The prosecutor said much of that testimony was discredited based on time of the night it happened and what they remembered.

Kentucky State Police released a statement saying the case was reviewed, and it was determined it was a thorough investigation. The statement goes on to say in the two years since the conviction of Baker, there have been no official complaints filed with KSP regarding the investigation.

Baker's sister

to the pardon on Tuesday.