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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. III - Page 242« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Marrion L. , Mrs. Robert A. Reid, Luke Baker)

The Chairman.
Also present were Joseph A. Ball, assistant counsel; David W. Belin, assistant counsel; Norman Redlich, assistant counsel; Charles Murray, observer; and Waggoner Carr, attorney general of Texas.

Marrion L. Baker

Testimony of Marrion L. Baker

The Chairman.
Would you raise your right hand and be sworn please?
Do you solemnly swear the testimony you give before this Commission will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?
Mr. Baker.
I do, sir.
The Chairman.
You may be seated. I will read a little short brief statement to you, Mr. Baker, which will indicate the purpose of our meeting today.
The purpose of today's hearing is to hear the testimony of M. L. Baker, Mrs. R. A. Reid, Eugene Boone, Luke Mooney, and M. N. McDonald. Officer Baker and Mrs. Reid were in the vicinity of the Texas School Book Depository Building at the time of the assassination.
Deputy Sheriffs Boone and Mooney assisted in the search of the sixth floor of the Texas School Depository Building shortly after the assassination and Officer McDonald apprehended Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas theater.
I read this to you just so you will know the general nature of the inquiry we are making today and we will make of you. Mr. Belin will conduct the examination.
Mr. Belin.
Officer Baker, would you state your legal name, please for the Commission?
Mr. Baker.
Marrion L. Baker.
Mr. Belin.
You are known as M. L. Baker?
Mr. Baker.
That is right, sir.
Mr. Belin.
What is your occupation?
Mr. Baker.
With Dallas Police Department.
Mr. Belin.
How long have you been with the Dallas Police Department?
Mr. Baker.
Almost 10 years.
Mr. Belin.
How old are you, Officer Baker?
Mr. Baker.
Thirty-three.
Mr. Belin.
Where were you born?
Mr. Baker.
In a little town called Blum, Tex.
Mr. Belin.
Did you go to school in Blum, Tex.?
Mr. Baker.
Yes, sir; I think I went to about the sixth grade.
Mr. Belin.
Then where did you go?
Mr. Baker.
We moved to Dallas and I continued schooling at the Roger Q. Mills School Elementary, went to junior high school, I believe it was called Storey, and then I finished high school in Adamson High School.
Mr. Belin.
In Dallas?
Mr. Baker.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Belin.
What did you do after you graduated from high school?
Mr. Baker.
I think I got married.
The Chairman.
Gentlemen, at this time I must go to the court, we have a session of the court today hearing arguments and Mr. Dulles, you are going to be here through the morning, so if you will conduct the meeting from this time on.
Excuse me, gentlemen.
(At this point, the Chief Justice left the hearing room.)
Mr. Belin.
After you got married, sir, what did you do. I mean in the way of vocation?
Mr. Baker.
I took up a job as a sheetmetal man at the Continental Tin Co.
Mr. Belin.
How long did you work for Continental?
Mr. Baker.
Approximately 3 months.
Mr. Belin.
Then what did you do?
Mr. Baker.
At that time I quit this job and went to the Ford Motor Co.
Mr. Belin.
What did you do at Ford?
Mr. Baker.
Well, at that time I stayed there approximately 11 months and
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