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Murder Suspect's Dad Allegedly Forced Witness To Shower In Bleach

Frank Baker's son, who has the same name, has been accused of shooting Jair Renne.

By Gina Tron

A parent will do anything to protect their children, right? Well, in this case, a New Jersey father went too far in protecting his son of the same name, if the allegations against him are true.

Frank Baker III, 50, of Bridgeton, is accused of forcing a woman to shower in bleach in an attempt to keep his son out of trouble. The woman allegedly witnessed his son Frank Baker Jr, 25, murder 22-year-old Jair Renne on Saturday, NJ.com reports.

Baker Sr. allegedly forced the witness, who has not been identified, to disrobe, give him her clothes, and shower in bleach in an attempt to destroy evidence upon learning that she watched his son kill Renne. A motive for the shooting of Renne, which happened at a home in Fairfield Township, has not been disclosed by law enforcement. 

“Baker [the son] shot Rennie multiple times before fleeing the area,” according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office. It’s not clear how long he allegedly fled the area before getting caught.

He has been charged with homicide, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting death.

Frank Baker III and Frank J. Baker

His father was charged with two counts of tampering with a witness, hindering apprehension, obstruction, and tampering with physical evidence. 

It’s not clear if either the father or son have lawyers who can speak on their behalves at this time.

The elder Baker didn’t just allegedly make the witness shower in bleach. He also broke off a car’s side mirror which was not only damaged by gunfire, but also had traces of blood, according to an affidavit obtained by NJ.com.