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By DAVE TAYLOR
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A Trimble County man was arraigned Tuesday morning in Trimble County District Court charged with the Nov. 27 murder of 24-year-old Angela Long.
Robert Louis Baldwin III, 25, made the appearance in court via videoconference from the Carroll County Detention Center where he is being held on a $1 million bond.
Long’s body was found after Baldwin called Kentucky State Police Post 5 at Campbellsburg and allegedly confessed to hurting the victim, saying she was deceased.
She was found in a bedroom of a trailer at 34 Kenlee Drive, the residence of her father, Stanley Long.
An autopsy conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, Trooper Brad Arterburn, Public Information Officer for KSP Post 5, said.
The investigation into the murder is ongoing, led by KSP Detective Tim Moore.
According to Arterburn, dispatchers at the KSP Post 5 in Campbellsburg received a call from Baldwin at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday advising that he had outstanding warrants against him and wanted to turn himself in. Baldwin then made a startling confession.
“He said he had hurt someone and they were possibly deceased,” Arterburn said. “He said he was on his way to Post to turn himself in.”
Troopers en route to the murder scene found Baldwin walking toward the Campbellsburg. He was taken into custody.
During Tuesday’s arraignment of Baldwin, District Court Judge Jerry Crosby addressed Baldwin. “You’ve met me before. You have been charged with the offense of murder here in Trimble County.”
The judge then read the allegations against Baldwin, stating that on Nov. 27 Crosby said Baldwin “provided the trooper the name of the victim and told him where she could be found. He said that he woke up next to the victim with his penis inside of her and he also stated that his hands were covered with blood. Trooper Corbin went to the scene and found the deceased in her bed as the perpetrator described.”
Arterburn said Baldwin, formerly of Louisville, had been living at another residence at 68 Kenlee Drive, a short distance from the murder scene.
“Kenlee Drive is just a short road off of Wilbur Wilson Road near Martini Lane. He came up Wilbur Wilson Road and troopers found him walking near the intersection of Martini Lane and U.S. 421,” Arterburn said.
When troopers arrived at 34 Kenlee Drive and knocked on the door, Stanley Long, the father of the deceased answered the door. When asked if his daughter was at home, the elder Long said he had checked on her when he arrived home from work a short time earlier and she was asleep. Officers asked him to check the bedroom again and he found Angela Long unresponsive, Artberburn said. The Trimble County Coroner’s office was summoned and Angela Long was pronounced dead at the scene.
Family members of Angela Long, including her mother, Kim Saylor, and father, were present in the courtroom and began to weep uncontrollably as the allegations were read.
Brittany Thompson, a sister of the victim, agreed to speak with the media outside the courtroom following the hearing.
“I drove an hour this morning because I wanted to be here,” Thompson said. “I wanted to see him face to face but I was aware he wouldn’t be here in person. I’ve been searching for a reason why this happened.”
Thompson said her sister was a graduate of Oldham County High School. She was not currently employed and had been living with her father trying to get her life together. She had a five-year-old daughter who is in the custody of Angela’s mother.
Baldwin was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday, according to CCDC records. Questioning of the suspect continued through the day, Arterburn said. Baldwin eventually was charged with the murder of Long at 6:57 p.m., Wednesday evening.
Baldwin also was arrested on the outstanding warrants, including three counts of disorderly conduct; menacing; two counts of alcohol intoxication in a public place first and second offenses; fourth degree assault (domestic violence) resulting in minor injury; and two counts of failure to appear.
Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons said area law enforcement agencies “have had multiple dealings with (Baldwin).” Coons said an Internet service of the Kentucky Court of Justice and the Administrative Office of the Courts shows charges either pending or settled against Baldwin in at least five Kentucky counties dating back to 2006.
“We do have the murder weapon and have taken that from the scene,” Arterburn said, “but we’re not stating what it is at this time.”
Arterburn said troopers have determined from their investigation that Baldwin and Long were not related, had known each other for “a long time and lived close to each other.” He said it does not appear that the two had been involved in a romantic relationship. No motive for the crime has been determined at this time.
“I had met him before,” Thompson said of the defendant. “Angela told me he had a sick crush on her. She had known him for a long time and he always had a thing for her but she wouldn’t go with him. He was a friend of the family and they had always been friends and that’s why he was there—he was supposed to be there to protect her.”
Asked if Long had ever expressed fear regarding Baldwin, Thompson said, “My sister wasn’t afraid of anyone.”
Arterburn said that Baldwin’s actions turning himself in and walking to the KSP Post to surrender — is rare. “We’ve had some people turn themselves in on a failure to appear charge or something else but I’ve not known it to happen in something like this.”
During Tuesday’s arraignment, Baldwin told Judge Crosby he had been employed at McDonald’s in Pendleton. Crosby said he would appoint the public defender’s office to represent Baldwin. He said a probable cause hearing to determine whether to send charges to the grand jury is set for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10.
“Our family will have to live with this for the rest of our lives,” Thompson said. “When things like this happen it’s hard on families. Something needs to be done to stop this from happening.”
Funeral services for Angela Long were held Wednesday at the West Frankfort Church of God in Frankfort.