Victim’s family denied change of name

Her family members will forever know her as Kathie Ann Hill, but they also want that to be her legal name.

Hill’s niece is appealing an Island County District Court judge’s denial of her request to posthumously change her aunt’s legal name. The notice of appeal was filed in superior court Jan. 15.

In legal documents, Hill still carries the name of the husband who murdered her.

Robert “Al” Baker murdered her in her sleep at their Greenbank home in the summer of 2013. The two met at a station in Antarctica and owned a pizza restaurant in Freeland, but much of what he claimed about himself were lies, according to the trial and court documents.

A jury found Baker guilty of murder and a judge sentenced him to 52 years in prison.

In district court, the attorney representing the family said the name change will give the family peace and that it’s legally sound for a surviving family member to make the request, according to court documents.

The judge, however, ruled that the court didn’t have the authority to change the name of a deceased person.

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