Coach's wife's suspected killer formally indicted

For the first time, the man accused of shooting a beloved Mid-South coach's wife appeared in court to be formally indicted for capital murder.

Craig Baker was indicted by a grand jury on 6 counts. He pleaded not guilty to all of them on Monday.

The counts include: capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of burglary of an automobile, a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a habitual offender.

It was a story that gripped the small town of New Albany, Mississippi less than six months ago.

Amanda Price was shot and killed just before Christmas after police say a burglary took all kinds of wrong turns.

People from the community remember it like it was yesterday.

"I was just like the rest of this town, I was in absolute shock and horror," said longtime resident Margaret Mclennan.

Police say Baker shot and killed Price after she startled him in her backyard following some earlier car burglaries.

Price's husband, Ron, was also shot after hearing his wife's chilling screams.

Their little girl was also home at the time, but was unharmed.

"I just remember how graphic it was and hearing about it and thinking who would want to do something like that?" Resident Clay Warren recalled.

Baker traveled back to Union County on Monday to plead not guilty. People we talked with say Baker deserves his day in court just like anyone else.

"Give him a chance to say what he has to say," said Brittany Foster.

The district attorney said that Monday's court appearance is the first step in what will likely be a long process that will start with both sides communicating about the case.

People in New Albany want justice, but say that will only come after Baker's gone through the legal process.

"If he's not guilty I hope they can prove in evidence where he's not guilty and turn him loose," Warren continued. "But if he is [guilty] I think they need to do whatever the appropriate measure is to satisfy the family it happened to."

If tried and convicted on capital murder, a jury could punish Baker by death, something that brought mixed emotions to people we talked to.

"I hope that if he is guilty, he is found such, and they go for the maximum penalty," said Margaret Mclennan.

Others were adamantly against a possible death sentence.

"The Bible strictly says though shall not kill, so if we're going to abide by any rules the first one should be the ones the Lord has set forth for us," Foster said.

We left a message with Baker's capital defense attorney in Jackson but never heard back.

Coach Price told us the news of the indictment brought back all sorts of emotions and he was not ready to react just yet.