Baker agrees to talk to state psychiatrists
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org September 11, 2012 7:58PM
Updated: October 14, 2012 1:29PM
A Deerfield man could have ruined his defense attorney’s insanity defense when he refused to speak to an expert for prosecutors, a Lake County judge said Tuesday.
Daniel Baker’s defense attorney Ed Genson is using the insanity defense, meaning his client was unable to differentiate between right and wrong when he took a baseball bat to Marina Aksman, 50, in her Vernon Hills home April 1, 2010.
Baker has met with a number of defense mental health experts. Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes said the state had a right to have their expert speak with Baker as well.
Assistant State’s Attorney Patricia Fix said the state had an expert who was supposed to interview Baker last weekend, but that Baker refused to speak.
“If a person doesn’t talk to the state’s doctor, I can bar the defense (from using insanity defense) or I can let the jury know you refused. Neither of these is a particularly attractive option,” Shanes told Baker.
Genson called this a problem of “misunderstanding.”
Shanes asked Baker if he would speak to the prosecution’s expert.
“I look forward to it,” Baker said, affirming that he would cooperate this time.
Trial remains scheduled for Oct. 9.
Baker is in custody at Lake County Jail. He is due back in court Friday.