Info sought in Baker's death
Metro Police are looking for the public's help in the beating death of a transgender Murfreesboro man who was found shot to death in the parking lot of a Nashville bar.
The body of Nakia Ladelle Baker, 31, of Richardson Road was found next to his car at 3312-B Nolensville Pike behind Club Adventura & Billiards in the early morning of Jan. 7.
Baker — who lived as a woman but had not undergone surgery to change genders — was shot in the head by a handgun, Metro Police Detective Brad Corcoran said.
"There was some type of altercation in the parking lot and a struggle, and a gunshot," Corcoran said.
Although the death had initially been reported as a beating death, an autopsy found a bullet.
There were signs of a struggle around Baker's car, but no one in the area — including security guards — reported hearing a gunshot, Corcoran said.
Before the shooting, Baker had been in the bar along with several other transgender individuals, though the crowd inside the bar was mixed, Corcoran said.
Baker left the bar as it was closing down, but no one has reported seeing the altercation or the death, he added.
Corcoran said almost everyone who had been at the bar that night has been interviewed, and although there is still forensics and ballistic information being analyzed, it would be very helpful for a witness, or someone who had heard subsequent conversation about the shooting death, to come forward.
Metro Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said the case is still active, and that a CrimeStoppers reward of $1,000 was being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Nashville CrimeStoppers can be reached by calling 742-7463. Anyone wishing to contact the detective directly can call 862-7680.
Originally published February 23, 2007