Police Consider More Options In Cori Baker Case

Monday, November 26th 2007, 6:20 pm
By: News On 6

The next step in the Cori Baker case is being worked. Cori is the 13-year-old who has been missing and is feared dead. She has not been seen for more than two weeks. Her sister's boyfriend is being held in jail on a complaint of murder and kidnapping. But, if Cori's body isn't found or some new evidence discovered by this Friday, police aren't sure whether those charges will stick.

Despite thousands of man-hours in the past two weeks, Cori hasn't been found. Investigators also want to find a blue and yellow striped shirt worn by the suspect, Cori's pink Union purse and a silver c-d player. What police initially thought was blood in the suspect's car and on his shoes, now isn't as promising. All this could mean trouble, when prosecutors go to court on Friday to argue Marquis Bullock should continue to be held on murder and kidnapping charges.

"We would be irresponsible if we didn't step back and at least consider plan B. We've got other charges in mind,” said Tulsa Police Sgt. Mike Huff.

So far, Marquis Bullock has been held on probable cause. That is based on Cori telling several people her sister's boyfriend was picking her up from school and witnesses seeing her leave with a man who looks like Bullock in a red Firebird, similar to Bullock's. Investigators also believe he’s involved because he asked his girlfriend, Cori's sister, to lie for him and say he was with her the afternoon Cori disappeared.

Police say Marquis Bullock lied to them about his alibi, claiming he was at a casino, then a strip club Plus, the fact he got rid of his shirt and was seen cleaning his shoes that afternoon.

"We've reached out to other jurisdictions who've had prosecutions without a body to see where their thresholds for evidence were,” said Tulsa Police Sgt. Mike Huff.

Police say the last murder case they remember in Tulsa County that was prosecuted without a body was in the mid 1980s. They are still optimistic and will finish their reports and meet with the DA's office before Friday's court hearing.

Detectives still believe Cori is dead and urge people to call 911 or Crimestoppers with any information.

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