Trial dates set for 2 murder cases

Published on Monday, 5 May 2014 22:50 - Written by Phillip Williams, Special Correspondent

GILMER — Dates have been set for a capital murder trial and unrelated murder trial in 115th District Court, a spokeswoman for Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said Monday.

Jury selection is set for Aug. 11 for one of three co-defendants in the capital murder case, 22-year-old Andrew C. Norwine of Arlington. The other defendants in the slaying of Ronnie Joe Gammage pleaded guilty and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Gammage, 27, of Longview, was abducted, allegedly in Gregg County, before his throat was cut on Dec. 5, 2012 and his dead body set afire, Byrd said. Gammage’s remains were found Dec. 19, 2012 in a rural Upshur County pasture.

In the other case, jury selection for the murder trial of Eddie Douglas Baker is scheduled for June 9, with testimony scheduled to open June 16.

Baker, a Gilmer resident who turns 28 on Friday, is accused of killing 45-year-old Tana Fuller Warren on or about Feb. 6, 2013. He admitted in a videotaped statement that he fatally stabbed the Gilmer woman and put her in the back of his camper on Ginger Road northeast of Gilmer, according to a document filed in Upshur County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter’s office.

Both Norwine and Baker are charged with additional offenses and remained in county jail at Gilmer under bonds totaling $1.35 million each Monday, Byrd’s office said.