The state will not seek the death penalty against a man charged with murder after his ex-girlfriend was shot and killed in June.
Jeremy Shayne Baldridge, 22, was indicted on a charge of murder on July 8 after his ex-girlfriend, Caitlyn Alexis Truax, was killed on June 3, according to court documents.
Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Greer presented an order in court Wednesday that announced the state would not pursue the death penalty in the case.
“After a review of this matter, the state is inclined to proceed non-capitally,” Greer said.
Baldridge cooperated with law enforcement when he was taken into custody and admitted to a deputy that he shot Truax, according to a previous release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.
It also was said that Baldridge admitted to shooting Truax in a 911 call. In the 911 call The News Herald obtained in July, the caller can be heard telling the operator where he was after the shooting.
“I’m over near Edwards, Edwards Street or Edwards Circle,” the caller said. “I just shot somebody. I’d like to turn myself in.”
Search warrants filed in the case said Baldridge told investigators he and Truax had broken up about a month before the shooting.
Baldridge told investigators he messaged Truax on Facebook around 8 p.m. the night of the shooting to ask her about a friend, the warrant said. He said they started to argue and Truax gave him her address.
When Baldridge went to the address, he told investigators he had a .357 caliber revolver visible where it was tucked into his waistband. He said he was greeted in the roadway by Truax and two unknown men, according to the warrant.
One of the men put his hand behind his back, according to Baldridge, causing him to pull out his revolver and fire one shot, hitting Truax, according to the warrant.
In the 911 call, Baldridge told the operator Truax ran toward him.
Bobby Fugitt told reporters on June 4 that he was at the house Truax was staying at the night she was shot. Fugitt said Truax told another man an hour and a half before the shooting that Baldridge called her.
“She said he called her on the phone and said … ‘he was going to come over here and shoot me,’” Fugitt said.
Court documents from December show that Caitlyn Truax took out a warrant for injury to personal property against Baldridge. The warrant said Baldridge damaged more than $200 worth of her personal clothing and shoes, as well as damaging her cellphone.
Baldridge’s next court date was set for Nov. 4. He is being held without bond at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility.