Man arrested in connection with Martin County double homicide declared incompetent to stand trial

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Nathan Baker

UPDATE (5/3/17) – According to the Martin County Prosecutor’s Office, the judge in Nathan Baker’s double homicide case has declared him incompetent to stand trial.

He will be transported to the Logansport State Hospital for an evaluation. The hospital will have 90 days to issue a report to indicate on whether Baker can be brought to a point of competency.

If he can’t, the court will reportedly pursue commitment proceedings.

The case is on hold for the next 90 days.

Original Story:

MARTIN COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 26, 2015)– A Rural Shoals man was arrested Wednesday after a double homicide Tuesday in Dover Hill, located in Martin County.

Police were searching for Tom Tharp, 52, Tuesday night into Wednesday morning after he had been reported missing by his family.

Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, an officer arrived at 8030 Fred Sims Road to attempt to locate Tharp. Alan Sims, 82, was found lying in the garage deceased. Investigators believe he suffered a single gunshot wound.

The investigation turned toward 33-year-old Nathan Baker. Investigators were told that Baker had previously lived on Sims’ property and had been asked to leave.

Investigators also learned that Baker had allegedly been seen on the property multiple times within the last several days.

Around 2:17 p.m., police located the vehicle thought to belong to Baker traveling northbound on State Road 450. Police attempted a traffic stop, and Baker led deputies on a pursuit to State Road 158, where he crashed.

Baker was taken into custody just after 2:30 p.m. Police say a shotgun believed to be the alleged murder weapon was located inside the vehicle.

As officers continued to search Sims’ property, Tharp was found lying in a garden, deceased, approximately 30 yards south of a detached garage in where Sims was located. Investigators believe Tharp also suffered a single gunshot wound.

Investigators charged Baker with two counts of murder. He is currently being held in the Martin County Jail.