Thursday, December 18, 1997
Woman charged in Doan case

BY LISA DONOVAN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WILMINGTON - Months after Vincent Doan was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend Carrie Culberson, another girlfriend is facing charges in connection with the case.

Shannon Hodson, 20, of Wilmington has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice, a felony.

The charges do not stem directly from the slaying. They are related to what prosecutors say were Ms. Hodson's attempts to keep authorities from arresting Mr. Doan's brother, Tracey Baker, in September. Police sought to arrest Mr. Baker on charges he helped Mr. Doan cover up the murder of Ms. Culberson.

Ms. Culberson disappeared early Aug. 29, 1996, and neither she nor her red Honda CRX has been seen since.

Charges were brought against Mr. Doan after witnesses came forward to say they saw the pair fighting in their hometown of Blanchester that same morning, and that he was covered in blood hours after the argument.

During his murder trial in August, it was alleged that Mr. Doan, Mr. Baker and their father, Lawrence Baker, worked together to conceal the crime.

Tracey Baker was indicted Sept. 15 on two counts of obstructing justice, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of gross abuse of a corpse. But authorities could not find him right away. On Sept. 22, Florence, Ky., police arrested Mr. Baker, 33, of Blanchester, near the Burns Brothers truck plaza on Ky. 18.

Mr. Baker, a long-distance truck driver, ran from police but was quickly taken into custody.

He would later tell police he was having one final fling with his girlfriend.

Clinton County Prosecutor William Peelle would not say this week how Ms. Hodson, whose current relationship with Mr. Doan is unknown, helped Mr. Baker elude authorities.

If convicted, Ms. Hodson could serve up to one year and pay up to $2,500 on each count.

A pretrial hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 6.