Dateline | November 29, 2013
>>> just three days before she was killed, carmen smith told
family and friends she had been
called by waseen baker.
it was the strongest allegation
yet connecting the victim to the
investigators tipped off on that
call by lottie .
now zeroed in on wr now zeroed in on waseem
now zeroed in on waseem bake
>> in his room, we found a piece
of paper with the address where
this crime occurred.
we found a torn up letter that
was his words to lottie spencer .
>> baker to >> baker torn up >> baker torn up lett >> baker torn up letter to lottie was hateful.
>> he specifically talks about
having plans and backup plans to
exact revenge on lottie and the
worst part about the letter is
he gets to the end and says i'm
going to let you live.
i'm going to get revenge on you,
but i'm go to let you live.
>> it looked like a blue print
now they tried to link baker to
the crime scene .
>> some of the important
evidence that we start with the
dna evidence found on carmen 's
>> carmen had small puncture
wounds on her back, and terrible
bruising suggesting a ferocious
>> he had been tortured and
murdered but she had been
undressed at some point and redressed.
>> at carmen 's bed size, the
hammer she had wanted for peace of mind .
never touched as she fought for her life.
not far away was the suspected
murder weapon, a piece of rope.
crime scene technicians dusted
for fingerprints and cleshlg
for fingerprints and collelg for fingerprints and collected
the evidence was sent to a state
crime lab .
>> the evidence came -- that's
when we knew that it may always
be a circumstantial case.
>> and the circumstantial part
of the case was just too weak to
make an arrest.
prosecutors still believed baker
was the only viable suspect in
carmen smith's murder and the
stabbing of her son nick, but
they didn't have the every to
the investigation stalled.
>> so it did seem that baker
walked away from the murder?
>> away from the murder, but not
the police thought they had a
viable way of charging him with
>> baker was arrested and
charged with stalking lottie
>> there are friends of his and
friends of hers that were
witnessed to the stalking
behavior of baker.
>> baker was convicted in
september of 1996 and sentenced
to ten years in prison.
it was the close to the worst
chapter of lottie spencer 's
but it wasn't a happy ending.
did you feel like you had some
peace in your life again when he
was behind bars?
>> no, because he was getting
away with murder.
he was getting away with exactly
what he told me he would.
he needed to pay for what he did
to carmen .
>> after the trial, lottie
decided to leave georgia to try
to start over.
nick smith went back to the same
school and the protection
embrace of his family.
>> i kind of just went back into
the normal routine, i think that
was the best way that i could
have dealt with it.
and i think my family did a
pretty good job of trying to
keep my life as normal as possible.
>> during the next ten years,
nick's life finally did return
but in 1996 , baker was released
and relocated nearby.
police decided to provide
security to keep nick safe.
>> they would have the cops sit
outside of our house at night
and we had cameras installed in
my house on the outside, just as
>> lottie says he was also
looking over her shoulder.
>> telling me about the day that
he got out, that he was a free
man again? >> not a good time.
>> were you waiting every day
for the phone to ring or that
bang on the door?
i was starting to unravel again.
>> coming up, the fear begins
all over and so does the push
for justice. >> you had your smoking gun?
>> it's another trial for what
waseem baker. and just look who's addressing