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Murder trial scheduled in Va. for W.Va. prisoner

Wednesday - 5/29/2013, 5:48pm  ET

WARRENTON, Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia prisoner has been formally charged with a decades-old slaying in Virginia's horse country.

Ronald R. Cloud is scheduled to stand trial on Sept. 16 in Fauquier (faw-KEER') County Circuit Court on charges related to the 1980 New Year's Eve killing of Brad Baker. He was the manager of Kinloch Farm, an estate owned by relatives of Stephen Currier of the famed Currier and Ives prints and banker and philanthropist Andrew Mellon.

The 65-year-old defendant will be tried on four felony charges, including first-degree murder.

Cloud's stepfather had been fired by Baker on the day of the shooting, which meant that Cloud's stepfather and mother would be evicted from their home.

Cloud is serving a life sentence in West Virginia for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman.


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