Trial begins for woman connected with kidnapping of Minneapolis realtor

A woman charged in connection with the kidnapping of Monique Baugh, a Minneapolis realtor and mother, is on trial this week.

Elsa Segura, who is charged with one count of kidnapping, made a voir dire appearance in court on Thursday. The trial began on Tuesday.

Two others were charged and sentenced for the murder of Baugh on New Year’s Eve in 2019. Cedric Berry was found guilty on three counts: kidnapping, first-degree attempted murder and first-degree murder. He was given a life sentence in July based on the conviction of the first-degree murder charge, as well as 33 additional years for the other two convictions. Berry Davis was also given the same sentence on July 12.

Segura’s connection with the case involved her calling Baugh and setting up a time for a showing of a home in Maple Grove. The complaints say investigators were able to confirm the voice belonged to Segura. She later admitted to making the call and leaving the voice messages on Baugh’s phone.

It’s noted that Segura worked for the Hennepin County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from June 2014 to December 2019, most recently as a probation officer, the county confirmed with KSTP back in January.

Berry and Davis later shot Baugh’s boyfriend multiple times and kidnapped Baugh from the Maplewood home, located on Niagara Avenue, before fatally shooting her and leaving her in an alleyway in Minneapolis.