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Jurors selected in Baker trial

First murder trial in Grundy County in 20 years to start Wednesday

Kasim Baker
Kasim Baker

MORRIS — The jury selection for the trial of Kasim Baker, a Joliet man accused of the murder of Daniel Smiley in March of 2019, took place Monday at Grundy County Courthouse. Twelve jurors and three alternates were selected for Grundy County's first murder trial in nearly 20 years. The trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Grundy County Courthouse.

Baker, 32, was represented by Grundy County Public Defender Gary Dobbs.

Baker was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the homicide of Morris man Daniel Smiley. Baker has been in custody since turning himself in to Joliet police March 25, 2019.

Smiley, 65, was found on March 8, 2019, with multiple stab wounds in an apartment in the 800 block of Twilight Drive in Morris. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In Will County, Baker has previous convictions for battery, criminal trespass and burglary.

At the time of Baker's surrender, Morris Police Chief John Severson said the motive appeared to be robbery.

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