I just didn't - I just couldn't do it," he said
of the night on a deserted road when he had the
rifle in the back seat.
"It was really hard to
do. She was my friend, I knew that. I just
wanted to make sure what I thought was true,
that I was going to save everyone by doing it,
that I was in fact Jesus."
Baker explained how he came to believe that
killing Talbot was necessary.
He said he believed a previous girlfriend had
stolen his sperm or his baby and given it to the
American government, who then inseminated Talbot
with his child. He also said he and Talbot had
intercourse and the baby may have been his.
At the time he said he had finally figured
out he had special powers, which he called "the
gift." He believed the gift was going to be
passed to the child Talbot was carrying, but
that the child might struggle to recognize the
gift, just as he had.
Baker also said he believed Talbot and her
unborn baby boy were the serpent, and that he
had to crush the serpent's head if he wanted to
walk as Jesus.
"I thought in order to walk as Jesus that I
had to stop the government from passing the gift
onto this new child," he said.
"I had to stop the baby from being born. ...
(I had to) kill her."
He said that, at the time, he was convinced
that he was the son of Satan, but that he had
also variously believed himself to be the angel
of death and Jesus.
As defence lawyer Kirk MacDonald led Baker
through his bizarre journal entries, Baker
explained to jurors that during the height of
his methamphetamine use he believed that people
could read his mind.
He also believed the government was trying to
put him in jail to prevent him from doing the
work God put him on earth to do.
Baker explained how he once used a motorcycle
crash as an excuse to get an X-ray of his head,
thinking the doctor would be obligated to tell
him if something had been implanted in his
The mild-mannered killer spoke quietly and
with a slight lisp, his hands folded in front of
him. He told the jury he came to believe that
conversations and documents contained subliminal
In the trial so far, the jury has watched
police video of a long, rambling confession in
which Baker seems lucid at times but at other
times talks of angels and demons and wonders if
Talbot was carrying "Lucifer's baby."
The jury has also seen video of Baker showing
police where he threw the gun after he shot
Alberta's chief medical examiner testified
Thursday only one of the five bullets Baker
fired into Talbot hit the fetus, but Talbot's
"rapid death" from two shots to the head and
another severing her aorta killed the baby.
Dr. Graeme Dowling also testified he found
methamphetamines in her body at sharply higher
concentrations than would be typical for someone
limited to prescribed amounts.
The direct examination is expected to