Man accused of murdering mother extradited to Aiken

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

July 28, 2006

Police say he wrapped his mother's body in a sheet and left it in the front yard before he left town.

Now, the 57-year-old son charged with murder is brought back to the city where it happened to face charges.

On Friday, Craig Baldwin made the trip back to Aiken, and News 12's Diane Cho was the only TV reporter there as officers arrived in Aiken County.

It was a small taste of freedom for Craig Baldwin after a three-hour car ride back to the palmetto state.

After weeks of fighting extradition from Asheville, North Carolina, 57-year-old Craig Baldwin did anything but fight as he was brought back to Aiken this afternoon to be booked on an outstanding murder charge.

Baldwin was arrested in Asheville after the Aiken Department of Public Safety issued a nationwide alert for the murder of his 83-year-old mother, Dale.

According to the Aiken DPS, Baldwin killed his mother then wrapped her dead body in a sheet and left her to rot in the front yard.

She had been dead about a week before her badly decomposed body was found by a neighbor.

On June 24, one day after she was found, Craig Baldwin was spotted at his daughter's wedding in Lexington, Kentucky.

Just a few days later, he was arrested in Asheville and held in the Buncombe County Detention Center awaiting an extradition hearing on August 30.

But late Thursday afternoon, Baldwin decided he was ready to return to the Palmetto State and waived his right to be extradited back to South Carolina.

Now he'll have a new view in Aiken County until a circuit court judge can hold a bond hearing.

Officers from the Special Services Division drove to Asheville, NC Friday and brought Baldwin back to Aiken around 6 o'clock.

Baldwin has an extensive criminal history. His record includes DUI, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, theft, failure to appear in court and violating a protective order.


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