Man indicted for murder of Makiki woman

Vernon Baker

An Oahu grand jury has indicted a 41-year-old man for the murder of a Makiki woman.

Vernon Baker is accused of murdering 56-year-old Mary Beth San Juan.

Baker was arrested on July 27 at Ala Moana Center.

Police say he’s an acquaintance of San Juan, whose body was found on July 23 wrapped in a carpet in her Punahou Street driveway.

Court documents revealed that San Juan was having dinner with her ex-husband the weekend before her death. That evening, Baker called San Juan and asked for a ride home.

San Juan’s ex-husband says Baker appeared agitated during the car ride.

After San Juan was murdered, Baker was seen using her Mercedes-Benz by multiple witnesses.

Baker also tried to get a homeless man to sell San Juan’s laptop.

On Thursday, Baker was also indicted for two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and one count of drug paraphernalia.

Prosecutors asked that Baker be held on $1 million bail. However, the judge denied that request.

Baker’s bail remains set at $200,000.

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