Family fears inmate won't be tried for 2nd murder

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By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Relatives of a Texas woman beaten to death in her bed 25 years ago long feared her killer never would be caught. Now they worry he'll never go to trial for her slaying.

Debra Masters Baker's family members discussed their lengthy search for justice in an interview with The Associated Press.

The 34-year-old property manager was bludgeoned to death before dawn in 1988 in her Austin home. Her family remains haunted by thoughts that if authorities hadn't wrongfully pursued and convicted an innocent man in an eerily similar case 17 months earlier, the real killer never would have been free to take another life.

The man was charged in November with Baker's slaying. Now Baker's family is concerned prosecutors won't try the case because he's already serving life in prison.

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