Trial of Alleged New Year's Murderer Delayed

Adam Randy Baker, of Dana Point, is accused of stabbing two Mission Viejo men—one fatally—during a New Year's Eve party.

The trial of Dana Point man Adam Randy Baker, accused of fatally stabbing Mission Viejo Air Force veteran Robert Sickles at a 2011 New Year's Eve party, was pushed back by approximately a month Monday.

Orange County Superior Judge F.P. Briseno granted the delay at the request of Baker's attorney, Gary M. Pohlson. The trial is now scheduled to begin Nov. 5.

Baker is accused of stabbing two Mission Viejo men in a . Sickles, 27, was fatally wounded in the chest; Brian McTeigue, then 26, was stabbed in the back but survived.

According to Costa Mesa police, the crowd piling out from the New Year's Eve party surrounded Baker, beating and holding him down until police broke up the mob.

Baker, who is out of jail on $1 million bail, made his first court appearance since May at the Monday hearing.

He faces six felony charges, including murder, attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. According to court documents, Baker pled not guilty to the charges at an arraignment in April 2011.

Wendy Bucknum October 01, 2012 at 09:42 PM
This coward is delaying the resolution to this tragedy for the Sickles family. Many of us in Mission Viejo know and love this family and would like to see justice served on this criminal who is roaming free!
Art Art November 26, 2012 at 04:09 AM
He is presumed innocent until proven guilty you bigot!
Beth Bailey December 01, 2012 at 06:58 AM
What the heck does bigotry have to do with this scenario?
Barry January 04, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I know Adam he's a decent young man and deserves a fare trial, he was convicted on circumstantial evidence, and nothing more. The real killer is still out there. You know who you are. I pray that the Sickel family can find forgiveness in their hearts and real killer can be found.
Dean February 07, 2013 at 04:30 AM
I know Adam , I would bet my last $ that these guys provoked him and he acted in self defense. Unfortunately the brothers got more than they bargained for. A tragedy none the less.


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