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Texas woman who killed boss with arsenic to be released

Published On: Jun 20 2013 08:16:50 AM CDT


A North Texas woman convicted in the arsenic poisoning death of her millionaire boss is set to be released from prison.

Debra Lynn Baker is to be released this week after spending a decade behind bars. But that was for parole violations.

At her 1994 trial, she was convicted of killing Clay County racehorse owner Jerry Sternadel -- but sentenced to 10 years' probation and fined $10,000.

Baker was Sternadel's bookkeeper and was suspected of embezzlement. Prosecutors also said Baker was close to Sternadel's wife and poisoned him before he could divorce her. The wife was never charged.
Becky Sternadel, the victim's daughter, said "a terrible injustice" was done.
Some relatives have started a petition seeking to have the case fully investigated.