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Murder trial hearing held

The case of a Lincoln County man accused of capital murder inthe January 2004 killing of convenience store owner John Deerecontinues to move forward, but a trial date has not been set, courtofficials said.

Prosecutors and the defense attorney for suspect Kenneth BaggettJr., of 2471 Lake Lincoln Dr., met for a status conference withJudge Mike Taylor Monday afternoon in Magnolia.

Laurie Chassion, Taylor’s court administrator, said theconference centered around sharing of evidence discovery and somepre-trial motions planned by the defense. No trial date wasset.

“They wanted to make sure discovery was well on its way beforesetting a trial date,” Chassion said.

Chassion said a trial date could be set at the next statusconference, scheduled for Aug. 1.

Baggett, 23, was arrested in June in connection with the Jan.16, 2004, incident that happened at the Airport Pik and Pak.Authorities believe the shooting happened between 4:30 and 4:45a.m. shortly after Deere, 55, arrived to start the businessday.

Baggett was indicted on a capital murder charge in the Marchgrand jury term. He pleaded innocent to the charge during his May 3arraignment.

Baggett remains in jail under a $750,000 bond set during a May11 hearing before Taylor.