Bond hearing comes Thursday for accused murderer Baldwin

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By Travis Jenkins

Two months after he was charged with murdering his wife, James Harold “Jamie” Baldwin will appear in court for a bond hearing.

Baldwin was arrested on August 14. Sixth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Candice Lively told The News & Reporter at the time that the arrest came after the Chester Grand Jury true-billed his indictment, which means the Grand Jury saw sufficient evidence to believe that Baldwin likely committed the crime. Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said a true bill indictment requires the support of at least 12 of 18 grand jurors.

His wife (Judy Baldwin) died 20 months beforehand on Dec. 14, 2016. Newman said that James Baldwin’s version of the events that led up to her death involved his wife having fallen off a ladder and injuring herself while stringing up Christmas lights. He said he then attempted to drive her to the hospital but was involved in a wreck on the way.

“At that point he called 911, I assume it was 911, and told them he’d been in a wreck,” Newman said in August.

EMS responded to the scene but when they did, Judy Baldwin’s body was found lying in a nearby creek. It is unclear from the information made available how she got from the car to the creek. The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Chester County Sheriff’s Office eventually responded to the scene.

The case was investigated by multiple agencies, including the Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the State Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Baldwin formerly worked as a 911 dispatcher for Chester County and was formerly employed by the York Police Department. He was residing in York at the time of his arrest. In an unrelated case, he was also charged with arson after being accused of burning down a trailer in York County last year. He was out on bond for those charges when he was arrested for the current murder charges.

Baldwin was denied bond shortly after his arrest. His bond