• Arizona FOP Lodge Applauds Guilty Verdict in DPS Officer’s Murder
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    For immediate release – September 15, 2011

    Arizona Fraternal Order of Police Applauds
    Guilty Verdict In Georgia Baker Murder Case

    State Lodge Remembers Fallen DPS Officer Chris Marano

    PHOENIX – The Arizona State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the fellow officers who served with Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Chris Marano believe justice was done today, with the conviction of Georgia Lynn Baker in the murder of Officer Marano.

    Baker was convicted today on all three criminal counts she faced for the incident that claimed Officer Marano’s life, including a charge of first degree murder, one count of theft of means of transportation and unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle.

    Officer Marano, 28 years old and a father of four daughters, was a three-and-a-half-year DPS veteran when he was killed on December 17, 2009, in the aftermath of a freeway pursuit that took place while Baker was high on drugs. A Navy veteran, Marano was a model officer during his time with DPS, as well as a good friend, a valued colleague and a loving husband and father.

    “Chris was everything we ask DPS officers to be,” said John Ortolano, President of the state FOP lodge. “He was strong, kind and courageous. All of us hope that today’s verdict brings some comfort to the Marano family and to Chris’ many friends and fellow officers. We need to thank the detectives of DPS for their hard work on this case, along with the prosecutors who won at the trial and the members of the public who came forward as witnesses and to support the Marano family.”

    Chris is survived by his wife, Shelly Marano, and their four children, all under the age of 10. Shelly is a Correctional Officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections currently assigned to the Lewis Prison Complex.

    John Ortolano, President
    Fraternal Order of Police
    Arizona State Lodge

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