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Lena Baker

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First Degree Murder


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Pardoned Posthumously After Execution

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Lena Baker was wrongly convicted in 1944 of the first degree murder of a man in Cuthbert, Georgia who was accidentally shot with his own gun while he was attempting to rape her. Baker was a black woman tried by an all white jury presided over by a white judge and prosecuted by a white prosecutor, with all the prosecution witnesses also white. Four hours passed from the beginning of jury selection to her finding of guilt, to her sentence of death. Her trial transcript was 10 pages long. Lena Baker was executed on March 5, 1945. Her attacker's accidental death was at most a case of self-defense, so the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles posthumously pardoned Baker on August 30, 2005. Baker was the only woman to be executed by electrocution in Georgia.

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The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles posthumously pardoned Baker on August 30, 2005.

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The Lena Baker Story, Lela Bond Phillips, The Black Commentator, Issue 40, May 1, 2003

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The Lena Baker Story, Lela Bond Phillips, Wings Publishers, 2001

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