Brad Baker murder: Warrants issued in Fauquier County 1980 slaying

Authorities in Fauquier County have solved a homicide case that went unresolved for more than 30 years.

Authorities on Monday announced they are issuing warrants for a suspect in connection with the slaying of 30-year-old Brad Baker, who was killed on New Year’s Eve in 1980.

Baker was working as a manager at the Kinloch Estate, a 1900 acre horse and cattle. Authorities say someone broke into Baker's house, and with the victim's own shotgun, shot baker twice, killing him.

The farm is owned by the Curriers, a wealthy family related to the families of Paul Mellon and the famed ambassador David K.E. Bruce.

The suspect, who is currently in West Virginia, is set to be arraigned in Fauquier County General District Court after he is extradited.

The defendant isn’t yet being identified.

Lieutenant James Hartman, with the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, says new information and interviews lead to the id of the suspect and other witnesses.

"It was more of a gradual thing,” Hartman says. “Obviously over the years trying to work towards this end and when it finally comes it seems to happen pretty fast."