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Did Man Beat Girlfriend to Death, Kill Self Over Wrong Number?

October 27, 1995

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Marlin Ray Baker fatally beat his girlfriend, apparently because he got jealous seeing repeated phone calls from a man on the Caller ID box. Then, investigators theorize, he committed suicide upon learning the calls were wrong numbers.

``It’s all speculation,″ Bill Marcom, an investigator with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, said Friday. ``It’s the only logical theory I can come up with.″

Police can’t prove the theory because the two people who know what happened are dead and the Caller ID box from the Tullahoma trailer they shared has disappeared.

Carolyn Boyd Baker, 31, was beaten into a coma Saturday and never regained consciousness before she died Wednesday.

Ms. Baker, who was once married to another man named Baker, told a friend shortly before she was beaten that she had received several calls on her Caller ID box from a man she didn’t know, Marcom said.

``That made us think he got jealous and beat her up,″ the investigator said.

After Baker beat his girlfriend, he put her in the shower, laid her on the bed and left, investigators said. A few hours later, he asked his mother to look in on Ms. Baker, saying she had been injured in a car wreck.

On Tuesday, Baker, 25, apparently hid at his brother’s trailer and shot himself to death.

Investigators believe he took his own life after learning the calls were made erroneously to the new phone number at the trailer.

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