UPI Focus: Pa. inmate dies in freak accident

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 2 -- Pennsylvania authorities say a convicted killer accidentally electrocuted himself Thursday at the state prison in Pittsburgh. Lawrence Baker was wearing homemade headphones connected to his television when he sat on a stainless-steel toilet in his cell.

The water-filled commode completed an electrical circuit from the TV, sending a lethal jolt through his body. The Allegheny County Coroner ruled Baker's death accidental following an autopsy. The 47-year-old Baker originally was sentenced to die in the state's electric chair for the 1979 murder of an insurance salesman in West Philadelphia. But on appeal, the state Supreme Court reduced his sentence to life behind bars in 1986. Pennsylvania changed its method of execution to lethal injection in 1990. ---


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