Affidavit: Suspect wrote ‘hit list’
Craig man charged with soliciting first-degree murder
September 25, 2008
An 18-year-old Craig man has been charged in Moffat County Court on suspicion of attempting to arrange a “hit” on two people, according to court records.
The man, William Kurtis Baird, is charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony.
He is in custody at the Moffat County Jail.
The charges, which were filed Sept. 15, stem from a joint Craig Police Department and All Crimes Enforcement Team investigation. ACET announced the investigation in a news release Wednesday.
Baird has no prior criminal history in Moffat County, according to court records.
On Sept. 3, Baird attempted to persuade a 17-year-old to help him shoot and kill two men, a 56-year-old and his 18-year-old son, according to an arrest affidavit.
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Baird thought the two men were abusing a female acquaintance of his brother, the affidavit states.
The 17-year-old tipped authorities to Baird a day after their conversation, according to the affidavit.
The minor “advised that he does not want to be part of this murder or solicitation to commit murder and wanted the police to know about what was possibly going to happen,” the affidavit states.
Baird asked the 17-year-old to gather items that he could use to “complete his mission of killing” the two men, according to the affidavit, and provided the juvenile with a handwritten list that included a sniper rifle and a night vision scope.
He also gave the juvenile a “copy of the escape route, which goes along Fortification Creek within the City Park boundaries.”
The list contained the names of the two men targeted, underneath a heading of “hit list,” according to the affidavit.
On Sept. 9, an ACET and Police Department investigator contacted Baird near his home in the 700 block of Yampa Avenue. He agreed to speak with investigators at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.
During an interview, Baird “admitted to writing the gear and hit list and drawing the escape route map,” the affidavit states. He told investigators he developed a final plan for the murders, which was to hide across the street from the two men’s home, wait until dark and use the sniper rifle and scope to shoot either of the men when exiting the home, the affidavit reads.
From there, the affidavit describes a turn in the conversation as Baird was being interviewed by authorities. That turn prompted a police investigator to request that mental health professionals evaluate Baird.
Baird made “several admissions about killing people, namely two people in Bozeman, Mont.,” according to the affidavit. Baird said the two people “were actually murderers themselves who were responsible for the deaths of 50 people in other states,” an investigator reported in the affidavit.
Baird, according to the affidavit, told investigators the U.S. government hired him and his brother to “act as bounty hunters and kill the two persons,” and that he and his brother had a bounty hunter business called “Git-R-Done, Got-R-Dead.”
He later changed his story, according to the affidavit, and “advised no one had been killed, but his brother had shot at one person, missing them.”
Baird also told investigators he was “aware of a secret military base on top of Black Mountain,” that he had visited the base, knew it to be known as “Area 48,” and that robotic cameras and machine guns guard the base, according to the affidavit.
Baird, the affidavit reads, told investigators his only mental health history involved having attention deficit disorder.
Baird later asked that the interview end. Investigators then arrested him, booked him into Moffat County Jail and requested he have a mental health evaluation.
He is scheduled for a status conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Moffat County Court.
Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or firstname.lastname@example.org.