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38-year-old charged with murder after allegedly killing a man over a backpack

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Robert Walter Baker, 38, is facing murder charges for allegedly killing a man with a "sucker punch" over a proclaimed stolen backpack. (Photo: Salt Lake County Jail)

A 38-year-old man is facing murder charges for allegedly killing a man with a "sucker punch" over a proclaimed stolen backpack.

Robert Walter Baker was officially charged with third-degree felony homicide by assault, on Monday.

Witnesses told police they saw Baker run away after punching Delpatrick Longacre, 58, during a verbal altercation May 31.

Longacre fell backward and slammed the back side of his head against the sidewalk, court documents state.

The assault took place at 235 S. 500 West in Salt Lake County where officers found Longacre unconscious with agonal breathing, charging documents said.

He was taken to the University of Utah Hospital where it was determined he'd suffered a severe skull fracture and a brain bleed, according to court documents.

Tests showed Longacre had no brain activity and he was subsequently pronounced dead a few days after the assault

Court documents state that Baker told police that he confronted Longacre about his stolen backpack and the 58-year-old man "got into his face and raised his right arm like he was going to hit him."

Baker then admitted to police that he hit the right side of Longacre's face with his left elbow, court documents state.

The medical examiner determined, June 5, that Longacre died from blunt force trauma and the manner of his death to be a homicide.

Baker was arrested and is incarcerated in the Salt Lake County Jail. His bail has been set at more than $1 million.

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