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Brian Baumgartner Found Guilty on All Charges in Murder of Valerie Ruark

After jury deliberations concluded on Wednesday, 46-year-old Brian Baumgartner was found guilty on all charges in connection to the 2019 murder of Valerie Ruark.

Posted: Nov 10, 2021 12:07 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2022 11:10 AM

A verdict was reached on Wednesday in a murder trial out of Warrick County, Indiana.

After jury deliberations concluded on Wednesday, 46-year-old Brian Baumgartner was found guilty on all charges in the 2019 death of Valerie Ruark of Boonville.

Brian Baumgartner

According to court records, Baumgartner was charged with Murder, Abuse of a Corpse, Obstruction of Justice, and False Informing in connection to Ruark's death.

Baumgartner was accused of assisting another man, Anthony Wolfe Junior, in Ruark's murder. Wolfe had previously pleaded guilty to charges of Murder, Abuse of a Corpse, and Obstruction of Justice. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison.

The investigation into Ruark's death began after her body was found shot and badly burned in a field near Elberfeld.


An investigation was opened into the death of Valerie Ruark
after her body was found shot and badly burned in a field near Elberfeld

Baumgartner is now scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 10:00 a.m.

He is facing 45-65 years in prison. He was also charged as a Habitual Offender for past convictions, which could add more time to his sentence.

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