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Videotaped confession shown at murder hearing

The smell of blood on his hands was almost unbearable.

That was one of the gruesome details Daniel Baker shared with his interrogator as he described how he repeatedly struck his girlfriend’s mother with a baseball bat, killing her in Vernon Hills in April 2010.

“I was going to throw up,” he said. “It was disgusting.”

During the videotaped interrogation, which was played in a Lake County courtroom Thursday, Baker recalled hearing Marina Aksman choking on her own blood. But while the recording was made days after Aksman’s murder, Baker said there was much about that day that he couldn’t remember, including how many times he struck her with the bat, which he said he carried for protection.

He then reenacted hitting her in the knee and the face.

Waukegan Police Det. Charles Schletz, who was questioning Baker after he and girlfriend Kristina Askman were picked up in Montana near the Canadian border, told Baker that the blood splatters indicate that he hit her at least five times.

“That’s the problem, I am going to swing until I’m safe,” Baker replied. “Odds are I lost control.”

Baker’s lawyers are seeking to have the videotaped statements excluded when Baker, of Deerfield, goes to trial.

Among his other revelations on the videotape is that he left a threatening message on the voicemail of Marina Aksman and her husband Robert just minutes before arriving there and crashing his car into their front porch.

Earlier, Marina Aksman had called him and told him he could not see her daughter anymore and he was “bipolar,” Baker said. He also said he had originally gone to house looking for Robert, with whom he’d also had confrontations over seeing their daughter.

When he arrived, however, he saw Marina Aksman and her daughter arguing, which enraged him.

“I can see myself walking through glass or something because I saw those two fighting,” he said.

Throughout the tape, Baker also expressed doubt about his own mental health. “I’m a lost cause; I’m dead. And I’m not bipolar. I’m schizophrenic,” he said at one point.

At other times, Baker touted his attributes, calling himself “Zen, creative and caring.”

“I’m out there trying to live my life, be the best,” he said.

Baker faces life in prison if convicted of first degree murder.

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