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Man charged with 2009 murder of grandmother in Orange County, trying to have witness killed

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SANTA ANA, California — Orange County authorities have charged a man with the 2009 murder of his 82-year-old grandmother and trying to get someone to kill a witness in the case four years later.

The district attorney's office says 32-year-old Michael Wesley Baker was arrested Thursday in Santa Clara County and charged with murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder.

Prosecutors say Baker killed Sara Mowrey in her Laguna Niguel home and attempted to dispose of her body the next day in an apartment complex trash bin. Authorities say a witness confronted Baker but did not report the incident to police.

Mowrey's family reported her missing. Her body was never found.

Prosecutors say Baker solicited undercover sheriff's deputies to murder the witness in 2013 while in custody on an unrelated case.

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