Anyone looking for a quick conviction for the defendants in the murder of Christopher Barrios Jr. will most likely be very disappointed. Similar to the trial of John Couey, it could be a year before the actual trial even begins. In his case it took almost 2 years to be given the death penalty and years of appeals are ahead.
The Brunswick News reported their pleas will be heard later this month. The headline reads “Accused killers silent in court”. Evidently they will let their alleged actions speak louder then their words.
The three will enter pleas April 13 to charges of murder, kidnapping, enticing a child for indecent purposes, child molestation, false imprisonment, cruelty to a child, concealing a death and evidence tampering. In addition, George Edenfield and David Edenfield will enter pleas to charges of aggravated child molestation. A fourth defendant, Donald Dale, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of concealing a death and evidence tampering
The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for each of the Edenfields. Dale faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts.
If convicted, Peggy Edenfield would be the only other woman on death row. Kelly Gissendaner remains the only woman on Georgia’s death row. She was convicted in 1998 of soliciting her boyfriend to murder her husband which he did. The only other woman on death row, Lynn Turner, recently had her life spared by a Georgia jury and will be serving life without parole. She was convicted of killing her firefighter boyfriend by poisoning him with antifreeze.
The last execution of a female by Georgia was on 3-5-1945. Lena Baker, a black maid, was executed in Georgia in 1945 for killing a white man she said enslaved her and others believe was the result of a domestic dispute. She was later posthumously pardoned by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Aug. 15, 2005.
Update 07-30-07 Could the wheels of justice grind to a halt? They might according to the Florida Times-Union
BRUNSWICK – Budget shortfalls threatening Georgia’s public defender council probably won’t affect current death penalty cases in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit.
The statewide council expects to run out of money by October to pay for attorneys who represent poor people charged with crimes punishable by the death penalty
Update 02-05-09: First trial date set for Barrios murder case
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – A trial date has been set for the first of three suspects charged with abducting, sexual assaulting and murdering a 6-year-old Brunswick boy.
Jury selection for David Edenfield will begin on April 20 and is expected to take two weeks. The trial is scheduled to start on May 4..
Update 03-12-09: Money Crunch Delays Edenfield Murder Trial
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The first trial resulting from the death of 6-year-old abducted, raped and killed in 2007 has been postponed until the next fiscal year because of a shortage of state funds to pay the expenses of the defense.
David Edenfield, his wife and his son are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Christopher Barrios Jr. Jury selection was scheduled for April 20, with the trial expected to begin two weeks later.
The Glynn County Superior Court Clerk’s office told Channel 4 on Thursday that the first trial — that of David Edenfield — was pushed back to September to ensure that defense would have adequate state funding to pay for experts and investigators in the case.