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June 20, 2013

Texas woman who killed boss with arsenic released

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A North Texas woman convicted in the arsenic poisoning death of her millionaire boss has been released from prison.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Debra Lynn Baker was released Thursday after spending a decade behind bars. But that was for parole violations.

In 1994 she was convicted of killing Clay County racehorse owner Jerry Sternadel -- but sentenced to 10 years' probation and fined $10,000.

As Sternadel's bookkeeper, Baker was suspected of embezzlement. Prosecutors also said Baker was close to Sternadel's wife and poisoned him in 1990 before he could divorce her. The wife was never charged.

Becky Sternadel, the victim's daughter, tells the Wichita Falls Times Record News (http://bit.ly/14L6xRO) that "a terrible injustice" was done.

Relatives started a petition seeking to have the case fully investigated.

 

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