Adam Randy Baker Guilty of Orange County's First Murder of 2011

A jury Wednesday found Adam Randy Baker guilty of fatally stabbing one man and trying to murder a second who tried to stop the attack outside a Costa Mesa hotel's 2011 New Year's Eve party.

The Dana Point 25-year-old now faces a sentence of 23 years to life in state prison at a Feb. 8 hearing in Santa Ana.

Orange County's first murder of 2011 happened just after 2 a.m. that Jan. 1, when Baker was sitting on a bench near the valet booth of the Hilton Hotel on Bristol Street and Paularino Avenue, where he flicked a cigarette at a group of men and began arguing with one of them.

Robert Sickles, 27, intervened to help his brother, but Baker pushed the man, whipped out a knife and slashed him across the chest. That prompted Sickles' friend, Brian McTeigue, to step in--and get stabbed in the back by Sickles for his heroics.

McTeigue, who is now 27, and Sickles' other friends managed to detain Baker as Costa Mesa police officers who were already at the hotel responding to other disturbances, swooped in and detained the knifeman.

Sickles and McTeigue were taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where Sickles was pronounced dead on arrival.

Robert Sickles, 2011 OC Homicide No. 1: Stabbed Outside Hotel New Year's Party in Costa Mesa

McTeigue's injuries were not life-threatening, and he wasn't the only one hurting that early morning, as the opening page booking photo shows. Baker was transported to Mission Hospital to be treated for facial fractures sustained after the stabbing. He was arrested for murder after his recovery.

The jury convicted Baker of one felony count each of second degree murder and attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.

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@ you idiot: He got beat down because he killed a man . ."Doh!"  He is where he belongs . .


If anyone has any information about what happened on NYE at the Hilton we need you please to step forward. We believe that there are more witnesses that saw what happened in front of the Hilton and probably cellphone footage as well. Adam Baker was railroaded in this case, did not start a fight, and is innocent of the charges of which he was convicted. Please appeal to your conscience if you saw anything that night. To remain silent is to be complicit in this wrongful outcome. Your anonymity is assured and protected. Private message me. Thank You


@smithsmithsmith365 I wish I was there, it saddens me so much to know this is the outcome of Adam and I know him personally and he is the nicest guy I cant believe his conviction, so wrongfully accused


@drhook500 @smithsmithsmith365 Not a chance of being innocent??!!! Adam was almost beat to death!!! Look at his mug shot three against him he almost lost his life and was stabbed! it was a bar fight gone wrong and you are very ignorant for saying anything...tell me who was using self defense?? someone dies and everyone points the finger on the one who was by himself and the brothers are the victims that bullshit

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