published Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Prosecutors say woman fired fatal shot at Carden

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    Susan L. Baker and Thomas Bryan Bettis are charged with felony murder in the death of Clifford M. Carden Jr.

DUNLAP, Tenn. —  Prosecutors said this morning that Susan L. Baker fired the shot that killed Clifford M. Carden Jr. sometime Feb. 2 or 3 in a robbery.

A man collecting cans found Carden’s body in the Sequatchie River on Feb. 3. His burned car was found 10 miles away.

Baker and Thomas Bryan Bettis are charged with felony murder, especially aggravated robbery and setting fire to personal property.

Sequatchie General Sessions Judge L. Thomas Austin ordered Baker and Bettis held without bond until a preliminary hearing set for 1:30 Feb. 23. He appointed attorneys to represent them.

Baker has been described as Carden’s former girlfriend, but prosecutors have said they don’t think that was connected to the slaying.

See Friday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.

More: Robbery called motive in Sequatchie slaying

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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