about eight months pregnant, was killed instantly when the box
exploded. ATF special agents and Virginia State Police, along
with Louisa County Sheriffs Office personnel immediately worked
the crime scene, collecting hundreds of pieces of bomb debris.
Additional interview teams were dispatched throughout the following
days, following up on the many leads that were developed. Chemists
from ATF's Forensic Lab in Rockville, Maryland, analyzed the recovered
evidence and determined that the bomb that had killed Ms. Baker
consisted of two galvanized pipes bombs, which had been initiated
by commercially available model rocket motors. A pressure release
switch triggered the bomb. A former boyfriend of Ms. Baker was
identified as a possible suspect, but despite the identification
of the bomb components and the local distribution outlets from
where they had come, none of the forensic evidence could directly
tie the former boyfriend to the bombing.
two and a half years of arduous investigation followed, involving
hundreds of interviews, use of a Federal investigative grand jury,
undercover contacts, and surveillance. Finally, the former boyfriend,
identified as Coleman Leake Johnson, was indicted in U.S. District
Court in Charlottesville, Virginia, on charges of violations of
18 U.S.C. 844(i), Murder by Bombing. The investigation revealed
that Johnson's motive for the bombing was his refusal to pay child
support for the unborn child.
was brought to trial in May 2001, after a trial lasting approximately
three weeks, he was found guilty on the murder charge. The conviction
was the result of hard work by ATF, State and local law enforcement,
and two outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys from Roanoke, Virginia,
who prosecuted this case.
For Violation of Federal Explosives Law
is wanted for attempted first-degree murder and manufacture and
possession of a destructive device. He has been spotted in the
Virgin Islands. He may be using an alias and possibly living in
the Houston/New Orleans area. A Federal Warrant for Campbell's
arrest was issued on April 25, 1983, charging him with manufacture
and possession of a bomb.