Man Charged With Murder in 2002 Hartford Cold Case

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Hartford Police Department

Hartford Police and the Office of the Chief State's Attorney Cold Case Unit have arrested a man for his role in a shooting that happened almost 17 years ago.

According to police, 36-year-old James Raynor was served on Tuesday while in prison for an unrelated homicide in Hartford from 2009 where he was sentenced to 37 years of incarceration.

On May 10, 2002, officers were called to Center Street after getting a report of a person shot shortly before 9 p.m.

Investigators found 25-year-old Harry Baez suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his head and shoulder, police said. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Hartford Police Department Major Crime Division investigated the case before it was transferred to the Chief State's Attorney Cold Case Unit in July of 2016.

Information, leads and cooperating witnesses were developed and ultimately led to a sworn affidavit charging Raynor with one count of murder, according to Hartford Police. His bond was set at $1,500,000.

This marks the third cold case homicide arrest in Hartford in the past five months, police said. Each of the cases were investigated for over a decade.

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