GERING, Neb. — A 16-year-old youth charged as an accessory in an assault on a corrections officer allegedly helped plan the fatal attack.
On Wednesday, Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner charged Guy Eagle Elk of Lisco with aiding and abetting first-degree assault.
Dylan Cardeilhac, 15, of Torrington, Wyo., has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault in the Feb. 14 attack on Amanda Baker, 24.
According to an arrest affidavit filed in Scotts Bluff County Court, Nebraska State Patrol investigators learned that Cardeilhac had expressed a desire to escape from the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center, where he was housed in the juvenile section.
Investigators said Eagle Elk allegedly had conversations with Cardeilhac on striking or “choking out” a corrections officer to get keys to the facility, the affidavit states. Eagle Elk allegedly told Cardeilhac that Baker would be “an easier target” and told him how to choke her until she passed out.
Court records indicate that Eagle Elk was scheduled to be transferred to the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney after facing a shoplifting charge in juvenile court.
In other developments, about 200 law enforcement officers from across the country are expected to attend Baker's funeral Saturday. The funeral is set for 3 p.m. MST at Monument Bible Church, 4124 Ave. I in Scottsbluff.
The Patriot Guard Riders plan to escort the funeral procession from Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home to the church. The public is asked to observe and pay tribute on the final leg of the procession route on 42nd Street between Avenue B and Avenue I.
Troy Brown, chief deputy of the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office, is coordinating a local honor guard, made up of Scotts Bluff County sheriff's deputies and officers from the Gering and Scottsbluff Police Departments.
Brown said representatives of the Nebraska Department of Corrections and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office are among the Nebraska agencies that have indicated plans to send officers to Baker's funeral. The national Corrections Peace Officers Foundation will be sending about 25 officers, including bagpipe and bugle players.
Some of the observances will take place outside the church, Brown said. A flag-folding and presentation for Baker's family will be held inside the church during the funeral.
Donations to the Amanda Baker Memorial Fund can be made at any Platte Valley Bank or mailed to the Amanda Baker Memorial Fund, Platte Valley Bank, 1212 Circle Drive, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Donations to help Baker's 6-year-old son are also being accepted at all First National Bank of Nebraska locations. Checks should be made out to the “Amanda Baker Memorial.”