Retrial set for child's murder in 2010

Jeremiah Barnes, 4, was shot while in family car

Devon Jermaine Anglin, 28, appeared in Grand Court via video link on Friday, and pleaded not guilty to three charges arising from the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old boy. 

Anglin replied “Not guilty, ma’am,” when the details were read: that on Feb. 15, 2010, at Hell Gas Station, West Bay, he murdered Jeremiah Barnes. 

He replied similarly to a charge of attempted murder: that on the same date in the same location he attempted to murder Andy Barnes [the boy’s father]. 

The third charge was possession of an unlicensed firearm. 

Anglin was represented by attorney Prathna Bodden, who advised that the trial had been set to start on July 13, 2015, and was scheduled for three weeks. Ms. Bodden also told Justice Malcolm Swift that it had not yet been decided whether the trial would be a jury trial or by judge alone. 

The judge told Anglin, who is in custody at Northward Prison, that there would be another video link in January for a pre-trial hearing. Then, in July, there will be a production warrant for Anglin to be in court for his trial. 

The defendant was charged with the boy’s murder in 2010. He elected to be tried by judge alone and Justice Howard Cooke found him not guilty in August, 2011. The Crown appealed, and on Nov. 21 this year the Court of Appeal handed down the decision to allow the appeal. The court ordered a retrial.  

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