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Man charged with murder in stabbing death of real estate agent

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:25 p.m. HST, Jul 29, 2013

Prosecutors have charged a 41-year-old man in the murder of Mary Beth San Juan.

Vernon Baker was charged today with second-degree murder, two counts of promoting dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

His bail is set at $200,000.

The 56-year-old San Juan’s body was found Tuesday night in her Punahou Street driveway by her ex-husband.

Baker is a Facebook friend of San Juan, a real estate broker and an aspiring actress.

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2NDC wrote:
Anyone else see this guy as too convenient as a suspect? I realize that a lot of criminals are dumb, however the dude took precautions to disguise himself when he hit the ATM. Why would he ditch the wallet so close to where he was staying? He parked the car a bit to close to where he was staying as well. Why didn't he torch the car or at least clean it up so the police wouldn't find any evidence. Looks too much like a "professional hit". They then ditch the body and various pieces of evidence so that it would implicate someone else, giving the the opportunity to get away and not get caught by police.
on July 29,2013 | 03:45PM
2NDC wrote:
Something just doesn't add up. The guy takes precautions to disguise himself when pulling money out of the ATM, yet doesn't do anything to cover his tracks when ditching the car or the wallet? Seems like this guy is getting set up. Way too many obvious clues that implicate him.
on July 29,2013 | 03:47PM
mrluke wrote:
Sure, Sherlock!!
on July 29,2013 | 05:26PM
mdg1775 wrote:
Why would anyone bother to set him up when the ex-husband would be an easier frame job? Criminals make painfully stupid mistakes all the time because they're dumb enough to resort to crime but think they're smart enough to get away with it.
on July 30,2013 | 01:42AM
sak wrote:
Stupid is was Stupid does!
on July 29,2013 | 04:58PM
Mythman wrote:
What inadequate reporting on such a big story!!!
on July 29,2013 | 06:11PM
gobows wrote:
HPD was lucky that the rubbish picker dude went looking into that trash bin. If they didnt find it, they'd never know where to look.
on July 29,2013 | 11:02PM
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