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Day two of the Kasim Baker trial will begin at the Grundy County Courthouse beginning at 9:30 on Thursday morning. Twelve jurors and three alternate jurors were selected during the jury selection process on Monday.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Baker of Joliet allegedly stabbed Daniel Smiley, 65, of Morris several times with a kitchen knife at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Twilight Drive in Morris in March of 2019.

This comes after Baker allegedly told another individual he was planning to rob Smiley. Morris Police Chief John Severson said Baker and Smiley knew each other from a mutual acquaintance who previously introduced them. After an investigation, Baker turned himself in to the Joliet Police Department.

Prosecutors say Baker’s DNA was found on a bottle of soap and knife which were both left at the apartment complex. Grundy County Public Defender Gary Dobbs has previously mentioned that Baker’s defense in this case will be self defense. Baker is facing two counts of first degree murder.

Opening statements from the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office will begin tomorrow morning along with testimony from several witnesses. The trial is scheduled to last until next week. Baker remains in the Grundy County Jail on a $2 million bond.

If convicted on all charges, Baker is looking at 20 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.