A man accused of shooting and robbing an off-duty sheriff's major carrying $6,000 for Cattlemen's Steakhouse was unhappy with his low-paying job and “had to make some moves” to make ends meet, jail recordings played Wednesday for a jury revealed.
Christopher Travis Baker, 30, of Oklahoma City, is charged with shooting with intent to kill and robbery with a firearm.
Prosecutors allege Baker ambushed John Waldenville on May 21, 2011, just after midnight, as he walked to a nearby bank to deposit money for the restaurant where he worked as a security guard.
Waldenville, 61, was shot in the face and lost his right eye.
Jurors listened to recordings of several phone conversations between Baker and Lotoya Sims, his girlfriend at the time.
During one of those calls, Baker appears to show little remorse for his actions, even though he does not acknowledge shooting or robbing anyone.
“Had to make some moves,” Baker said from a phone in his cell at the Oklahoma County jail.
Sims, a reluctant witness who cried throughout her testimony, is overheard telling Baker, “I wish we could go back to that day.”
“I still woulda' did …,” Baker tells Sims. “Woulda' did what I did.”
Baker tells the woman, “I had to get us … I had to pay that bill,” followed by “and I had to get some money in my pocket. I was doin' bad.”
When Sims tells Baker, “Everybody thinks you left me some money,” the defendant replies, “I did.”
Sims testified that she never attempted to collect the unspecified amount of money Baker told her was stashed at a friend's house.
“I told him we didn't need it, that we were all right,” Sims said. “I told him I would (get the money) so he would leave it alone.”
Baker's attorney told jurors earlier this week that co-defendant Keonte Stephen Terrell Prince robbed Waldenville, and said prosecutors “have the wrong guy.” Prince, 19, of Oklahoma City, testified previously against Baker. He is awaiting trial.
Also on Wednesday, jurors visited the scene of the shooting, near the intersection of Agnew and Exchange avenues.