BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Seth Bader, the Stratham lawyer accused of murdering his ex-wife, said he told police before Vicki Bader’s death that he feared his girlfriend was planning to kill her.
In an interview from the Rockingham County Jail, Bader said his phone calls to Exeter police would be the cornerstone of his defense, according to a report published Monday in Foster’s Daily Democrat.
Bader is set to stand trial March 10 on charges he killed his ex-wife in August 1996 when she arrived at his home to drop off their 3-year-old son for a visit.
He was arrested in April after authorities found Vicki Bader’s body in Waterboro, Maine, with the help of the Baders’ 15-year-old adopted son, Joseph. Joseph told police he helped lure his mother into the house so his father could shoot her, then helped bury her, prosecutors say.
Bader was charged with murder and conspiring with three other people to commit murder. Joseph, who has not been charged, has agreed to testify against Bader.
Mary Jean Martin, Bader’s former fiancee, is set to go on trial March 2 — a week before Bader — on conspiracy charges. The other two men charged with conspiracy, Sandros Stuto and Sebastian Caradonna, have pleaded guilty to lesser charges and agreed to testify against Bader and Martin.
Authorities say Martin helped Stuto and Caradonna place a pipe bomb in Vicki Bader’s mailbox several months before her death, and that on the day of the murder Martin took the Baders’ 9-year-old adopted son shopping to get him out of the house.
Martin says she is innocent, but told police in March she knew Bader was hatching a plan to kill his ex-wife, according to court records.
Bader, however, tells the story differently.
He said Foster’s police failed to heed his warnings when he told them Martin was bragging about the pipe bomb incident and was plotting to kill his ex-wife.
Bader said Martin made “fantastic” plans to kill Vicki Bader.