Baumgartner testifies; Wolfe ‘pleads 5th’ in murder trial

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Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 5:21 PM CST
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WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Testimonies continued Tuesday in the murder trial of a Boonville man.

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46-year-old Brian Baumgartner is one of three people accused in the death of Valerie Ruark in 2019. This is week two of his trial.

Baumgartner took the stand around 11 a.m. to testify in his own defense.

26-year-old Anthony Wolfe Jr. was convicted earlier this year and sentenced 75 years in prison.

[Related: Jury returns verdict in Warrick Co. murder trial]

Wolfe was brought in Tuesday for testimony, but we’re told simply “pleaded the fifth.”

Anthony Wolfe, Jr.
Anthony Wolfe, Jr.(Warrick County Jail)

The prosecutor tells us closing arguments are expected Wednesday.

A plea deal was reached in the case of 38-year-old Ivory Baumgartner.

She pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to probation.

Valarie Anne Ruark (Cullen) (Source: Facebook)
Valarie Anne Ruark (Cullen) (Source: Facebook)

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