Family of Louisville homeless man murdered in 2015 has harsh words for his killer
Police say Christopher Winstead wanted to see what it felt like to kill someone.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Family members call the man who killed their loved one "a monster satisfying a sick urge."
Lillian Baker Fresh is Fred Baker's niece and one of several family members in court to face his killer Friday morning.
Metro Police say Christopher Winstead was 20 years old when he admitted to stabbing Baker to death in July of 2015. Baker's body was found in southwest Jefferson County on July 8, 2015, just off Blevins Gap Road.
During police interviews, Winstead admitted he drove around downtown Louisville for three hours the night of July 7, looking for a victim. That's when he stopped to get gas and spotted Baker. Knowing he was homeless, documents say, Winstead offered Baker $50 if he would help move a dryer.
Not long after he was arrested, police recorded a phone conversation Winstead had with a close friend. Winstead said he stabbed Baker because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill someone.
"We got out and then I came up behind him and knocked him out, got my knife and just went to town on him,” Winstead said during the phone call.
According to court documents, Baker was stabbed at least 15 times, mostly in the face.
Winstead also told his friend during the phone call that he has no remorse.
"I don't regret it, it doesn't ever keep me up at night or anything. I mean sure, sometimes I think about it and try to 'relive the moment.'"
He even went on to say there might be a next time. "I'm not gonna say I'm not gonna do it again but maybe next time I'd like for it to be a little more planned out,” Winstead said during the phone call.
On Friday, he pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping.
Baker family addressed the court before Winstead was sentenced.
"For someone to murder him for no other reason but being a selfish monster, satisfying a sick urge is very devastating for us," said Lillian Baker-Fresh, Fred Baker's niece.
Baker's family members say the lack of remorse from Winstead was shocking and painful.
"The defendant stated he wanted to see what it felt like to kill somebody, that he killed a homeless man, that it hardily ever crosses his mind, he said he doesn't regret it and it doesn't keep him up at night."
After hearing statements from Baker's family, the judge accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Christopher Winstead to 30 years in prison.
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