Sheriff’s deputy to appear on national TV Show tonight

NELSON — Brad Baker, chief deputy with the Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office, will appear 9 p.m. today on the A&E network’s TV show “The Killer Speaks.”

“The Killer Speaks,” which depicts convicted felons as they describe their crimes through their firsthand accounts, is a spin-off of “The First 48,” the network’s series about law enforcement investigations. Tonight’s episode focuses on the hunt for Lawrence Tarbert, who allegedly murdered his roommate, Joseph Glenn Pruitt, in Alamogordo, N.M., on June 11, 2011.

Tarbert had moved to Nelson and was working for Reinke Manufacturing in Deshler when Baker arrested him in January 2013.

Baker’s interview for the episode took about two hours for what he estimates will be three or four minutes of screen time.

“It was interesting, and it will be interesting to see how they piece the story together,” he said.

Baker and his wife, Kathy, received a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip in December 2013 to Alamogordo to film his interview.

Baker said he is not familiar with some parts of Tarbert’s life story, so much of the episode will be news to him.

David Hunter, undersheriff for Otero County, N.M., where Alamogordo is located, sent a request to the Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office in December 2012 to get a DNA sample from Tarbert. That’s how Baker met Tarbert.

Hunter showed up in Nuckolls County unexpectedly after he learned Tarbert planned to leave the area for Massachusetts.

Tarbert was arrested with a New Mexico warrant following nearly seven hours of interrogation of himself and his wife.

Baker is an avid watcher of “The First 48,” which was created in 2004, and was excited to take part in the filming of this episode of “The Killer Speaks.”

This is the second season for “The Killer Speaks.” Baker said his is the third of 10 episodes.
He told producers he didn’t want to be part of something that would make the killer look like “some type of a saint,” and was assured the episode would not do so.

Looking at his career in law enforcement, the Tarbert case is a favorite for Baker because of how everything came together.

“It has to be pretty high because it was solved,” he said. “A lot of cases officers work hard on and multiple agencies work hard on and a lot of times they just don’t get to the end of the case. This was pretty rewarding because there was closure for the family. There was an arrest, which is ultimately what law enforcement wants. You want them all to turn out that way but they don’t.”

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