Murder Trial of Shoals Man Begins Deliberating

The jury in the murder trial of a rural Shoals man should begin deliberating today (Monday).

Nathan Baker is accused of killing 52-year-old Tom Tharp and 82-year-old Alan Sims, both of Shoals. He is also facing two counts of felony burglary, two counts of felony theft and a felony charge of auto theft.

On Wednesday the state finished presenting their case and rested. Due to scheduling conflicts the defense was unable to present its side until Friday.

Martin County deputies discovered Tharp’s body after he was reported missing by his family.

Around 10 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015 a deputy with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office went to a location along the 8000 block off Fred Sims Road, north of Dover Hill to see if he could find Tharp. While checking a detached garage on the property, the Deputy found the body of Alan Sims. The body was lying on the garage floor. Sims had died from a single gunshot wound.

Baker also faces two counts related to an incident that happened just days prior to the double homicide investigation. In that case, documents state that Baker broke into a cabin near State Route 450 and stole several items. For that case, he’s charged with felony burglary and felony theft.

Baker is also charged with felony auto theft. In that case, documents show that Baker stole a vehicle from the Loogootee IGA on August 23. Baker admitted while incarcerated for the previous charges to stealing the vehicle.

Because of his criminal history Baker is also facing two counts of being an habitual offender and numerous charges in Lawrence County.

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