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Gov. Bill Lee officially signs Sgt. Daniel Baker Act into law

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Posted at 9:32 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 10:32:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Gov. Bill Lee has signed the Sgt. Daniel Baker Act into law.

The law was named in Sgt. Baker's honor because prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Steven Wiggins and Erika Castro-Miles in connection with the sergeant's death last year.

It speeds up a death penalty appeal, by doing away with the part of the appeals process that sends the case to the court of criminal appeals.

The Dickson County Sheriff's office posted a photo on their Facebook page Monday night, showing Governor Lee signing the bill, alongside Baker’s wife and daughter.

The law goes into effect August 1.